The Pen is mightier than the sword, but the Pen must sometimes move the sword against corruption if the corrupt are not moved by the pen.. An idea without an implementer is useless. "The Rulers do not carry the sword in vain"Rom 13:4

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cooperation and Elitism, can they co-exist?

Of course they can!  Narrow minded dimwits who try to make one against the other are plain stupid!
A football team is a classic example of both. Each position is occupied by a person who has particular skills.. in Aussie Rules we have full back... full foward, Wing, Rover, Ruck etc.. all of them have to be the best they can be in that role!  Then we have the issue of cooperation... well this is a no brainer...it's called teamwork!  If you have 18 skilled players all seeking their own glory and acting as individuals it would be chaos and calamity and definitely a loss to an even mediocre opposing team.

So.. the team has  a plan, work the ball down the centre..or the wing... etc, and pass it to so and so in the foward line who is expected to make a lead and be away from his corresponding defender to get the mark when the ball is kicked.

So... cooperation/teamwork is vital for the success of a community and a footy team, but if you pampered players who have the skills of an also ran, and kept them in the team in spite of players with superior skills.... then you may as well just go home because you will lose.

Aah you say.. there's a problem with the whole system there, and it's this,- there are not meant to be any winners and losers in society, people who lose will feel alienated, depressed and discriminated against! So.. we need to stop playing to win, and just play to enjoy the game? Well, that idea is so far away from the true condition of humanity since, depending on your belief system, Adam was a lad or our monkey/ape forefathers came down from the trees.  Either way, it's an absurd characterization of the human being.

Animals are fine tuned to win at all costs, usually their lives.  This has the effect of sorting out the stragglers and weaklings, improving the genetic stock of those who remain alive. So for you atheists out there....how about getting your practical conduct to match up with your philosophical presuppositions, just don't do it around me or mine or I might object.    But you won't live out the primal existence that your own beliefs maintain prevails. Nope, you will cling to some jokingly sentimental romantic notion of humanism as a foundation for ethics.

As for the Christians out there, how about YOU also allowing your presuppositions about life, ie.. that Christ IS our life, and that Mission is our goal, to dominate your thinking and actions? I'm not just saying that because I think it's a good idea for 'you'...safe and sound here behind my own keyboard..nope.. as the previous entry will show (the photo) I am out there meeting, stirring, proclaiming and relating to people en masse and one on one. Not everything I do is directly evangelistic, but everything I do is intended to lead to that.

Back to the topic.  The New Testament has a wonderful illustration of how the Church and indeed society should operate. It uses (Paul) the picture of a "body", I may as well just quote what Paul says directly, because I can't say it any better.

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 
(1 Cor 12)

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