This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  1. Miyaka says:

    Jun 29, 2012

    Good article. Thanks for shnairg!As I was reading through it, though, I couldn’t help but think how does this relate to day-to-day work out on the streets? How should this impact what I do to help people in the moment; to follow Christ today? Then I came to this paragraph:It is perhaps telling that Blankfein is the son of a Brooklyn postal worker and that Hayward—despite his U.S. caricature as an upper-class English twit—got his start at BP as a rig geologist in the North Sea. They are both, in other words, working-class boys made good. And while you might imagine that such backgrounds would make plutocrats especially sympathetic to those who are struggling, the opposite is often true. For the super-elite, a sense of meritocratic achievement can inspire high self-regard, and that self-regard—especially when compounded by their isolation among like-minded peers—can lead to obliviousness and indifference to the suffering of others.This obliviousness and indifference to the suffering of others isn’t something that is picked up at a TED conference as someone climbs their way into the world of the global elite; it is an attitude they have likely carried with them since the beginning of the climb. It is present at all levels of human society, from the person with a mud hut who is indifferent to the person with only a tarp, to the middle class man who is indifferent to the man living in a HUD apartment, to the upper class man who is indifferent to the middle class man who lost his retirement savings. Perhaps something we can do is try to change this mindset early on, not only for the ambitious college student on her way to the top of economic ladder, but also for the person in the mud hut, and everyone else in between.I have been wrestling back and forth and lot lately about how to demonstrate Christ-like compassion in all of the small moments — where life really happens —a0while still focusing on these larger conditions that are at the core of the injustice in our world.How does the thinking from this article impact your work today?

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