One way is ruin – when there is a bunch of rambling talk that means nothing and takes you no where.  The other way is the conversation of wisdom from those who follow God – that kind of straight forward engagement that involves God can save.

When people who are living right receive good fortune, the community is happy and at the same time the community is happy when those who are not living right, die.  In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E.) describes the happy life intended for man by nature as one lived in accordance with virtue, and, in his Politics, he describes the role that politics and the political community must play in bringing about the virtuous life in the citizenry. The Politics also provides analysis of the kinds of political community that existed in his time and shows where and how these cities fall short of the ideal community of virtuous citizens. In particular, his views on the connection between the well-being of the political community and that of the citizens who make it up, his belief that citizens must actively participate in politics if they are to be happy and virtuous.

Communities thrive when they are blessed by those who have decided to follow God – without them, the curses on the community from everyone else will bring ruin.  The holiness of God’s children is measured by how they treat each other.  They are to avoid theft, dishonesty, and slander, and to refrain from hindering the handicapped.  Affirmatively, they are to offer fair wages, to act with justice, and to defend the life of their neighbours.  Overall, they are commanded to discard hatred and to love.





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