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In this video from The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), Roman Krznaric talks about the importance of outrospection and empathy when it comes to social, political, and economic transformation. I think that the same empathic imagination is needed in the church as well.

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People of the White Horse

February 29, 2012 — 2 Comments

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In his book The Social Animal, David Brooks explores the formative effects of our unconscious world on our conscious world. His approach is not so much Freudian psychology as it is pop sociology, a la Malcolm Gladwell. At its core, the book reveals that we are products of our habits and routines more than we are products of our reasoned, structured decisions.

In the book, Brooks invents some fictional protagonists and, following Rousseau’s Emile, uses them to live out his propositions. Overall, the convention works, though it is strained at times by Brooks’ somewhat clumsy attempts to weave technical literature and references into the flow of the narrative. I found Brooks to be at his strongest early in the book, weakening as the story played out.  Continue Reading…