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The Reinvention of Work: New Vision of Livelihood for Our Time, A Paperback – April 15, 1995
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Ravonne A. Green, Emmanuel Coll. Lib., Franklin Springs, Ga.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Fox believes that the Enlightenment and the industrial age have left us with a machine-centered, anthropocentric world that focuses on outer work and rewards at the cost of inner work and spirituality, and destroys rather than creates. Real wealth results from preserving the health of the planet, not in the artificiality of money or possessions. The result has been a world often at war, where the gaps between affluent and poor continue to spread, where the environmental health of non-industrialised nations is sacrificed for the comforts of the industrialised, and where the work that is available and that most people have serves machines and leaves the worker stressed, addicted to work, ill, angry and even violent, and unfulfilled intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
Fox cites mystics like Eckhart and Aquinas to show that they understood what is important and that they prophetically understood the traps that man is prone to fall into. He also recounts the stories of people who reinvent themselves through work, who are willing to sacrifice position and possessions to find an avocation that matters, like the man who gives up a high-paying position to become a fireman and who is ecstatic about the meaning it brings to his life.Read more ›
He states in the Introduction to this 1994 book, "it constitutes a creation theology of sacrament just as my The Coming of the Cosmic Christ constituted a Christology and Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth constituted an ecclesiology... I have never connected work and sacrament so explicitly before... All work, I propose, constitutes an expression of one of the traditional seven sacraments, analogously understood... To bring spirituality to bear on our discussions of work is to bring out the mystical as well as the prophetic dimensions of work."
Here are some representative quotations from the book:
"Education on a mass scale IS the new work. Our minds never know too much. Our minds want to be stretched to experience the infinite, another word for which is Spirit."
"I believe that where life is most desperate ... art is the answer. Let me propose a wild and necessary idea: a series of art/entertainment universities set up in the inner cities of the United States... I believe such universities would succeed. Why?Read more ›
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Even though Matthew Fox can be overly wordy at some points, the brilliance of his insights have lasting value. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Albert Farthing
this is the best book i've read bar none about changing my perception about the meaning of work vs. job. who i choose to be within this framework of employment is crucial. Read morePublished on September 23, 2010 by Lm Barbati