Showing posts from February, 2013

Six Forms of Selfishness

Why Medical Bills are Killing Us Feb 26, 2013 @ 10:15 By 3 Comments From Time, by Steven Brill, and this set of clips from Josh Wooden … and we need to have a good conversation about the issues raised in this article:

Why are costs so high? We all have some crazy stories about some medical item or procedure. When I had shoulder surgery, about a decade ago, I asked the kind woman at the counter when I was paying the bill why the extreme prices — to which she said matter of factly in a kind of “Here’s why, honey!” set of statements: “This is how much your doctor got; this is how much we got; and this is how much is left over to pay for those who don’t have insurance and can’t afford the same procedure. Next question?”
“When you look behind the bills that Sean Recchi and other…

Who is the Prodigal God, What is his Prodigal Mission, and How Can We become His Prodigal People? (4)

Being Enough: Shame and Cultures of Scarcity

Image Posted on 2.25.2013 Last week in my post Good Enough I argued that our cultural success ethos is based upon a lie, a delusional anthropology, a false conception of who we are. Specifically, I argued that our success ethos presumes that we are gods rather than finite creatures. The success ethos--believing we are gods--presumes that we have inexhaustible resources of time, energy and talent that can be leveraged into greater and greater success, improvement, betterment, and excellence.

But we aren't gods and we don't have inexhaustible resources. We are finite. We have limits. Only so much energy. Only so many hours in the day.

But still the call for more, more, more. Better, better, better. And as I argued last week, the only way for a finite creature to give more, more, more or get better, better, better is to make greater and greater sacrifices. To spread the butter a little …

Did Walker Percy Really Write the Last Self-Help Book? by Peter Lawler February 24, 2013, 9:20 AM
So lots of readers (about six) have written ME asking for advice on what book they should read to turn their lives around.
Here's my recommendation:  Lost in the Cosmos by the philosopher-physician-novelist Walker Percy.  It was published in 1983, and I'm one of the very few Americans celebrating the book's 30th anniversary.  Several posts will be required to lay out even the basics about being lost in the cosmos.  This, of course, is the first.
Percy’s Lost in the Cosmos is subtitled “The Last Self-Book.”  He said he gave the book that title so that it would end up in the self-help section of bookstores.  And it did.
From Percy’s view, our bookstores are mostly filled with two kinds of books—self-help books and diverting or entertaining book…