Taking the Wanting out of Waiting
Zohar, Danah, The Independent (London, England)
RELIGION, like philosophy, has always begun with questions. Who are we? Where do we come from? What are we here to do? When we forget to ask these questions, or worse still think we have all the answers, our lives begin to lose their meaning. Jonathan Sacks argues that Britain is not asking the right questions.
We have vigorous debates in Britain about the relationship between growing crime and the economy, or between growing crime and the lack of law enforcement, "but the debate we have not had is about the relationship between crime and the devasted moral landscape we have created for our children." Faith in the Future is about that moral landscape, how it became devastated and what we might do about it.
Never forgetful of the "underclass", assaulted by poverty, lack of education and crime, Sacks speaks with equal concern about the "poverty of moral imagination" that afflicts our middle classes. He looks for reasons to explain the family and community breakdown and the despair amongst the young, and finds them within the ethic of secular individualism and the philosophy of moral relativism. The credit card that "takes the waiting out of wanting" becomes his metaphor for the culture of instant and uncommitted gratification. Nietzsche's claim that all truths are equal and therefore none are true becomes the basis of a moral timidity that fears to discriminate between good and bad or between right and wrong.
But Jonathan Sacks is no mere Jeremiah. He believes we can rebuild our moral and social landscape, and outline a "map of meaning with which our children can chart their way through a confusing and chaotic world". He believes that we can rebuild our families and our communities and find some renewed guidance in religious faith.
Jonathan Sacks is the Chief Rabbi of Britain's United Hebrew Congregations. His own vision is inspired by Judaism's long moral and social tradition, yet his appeal is to any …
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Publication information: Article title: Taking the Wanting out of Waiting. Contributors: Zohar, Danah - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: April 3, 1995. Page number: 36. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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