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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Cultural callings: work


Owlb said...

Hi! Steve -- This item with its chart and questions is quite wonderful, but perhaps compulsively I felt a lack of societal location and erasure of the worker's place quite often involving a regime of workers' representation. The individual worker without a sphere-specific relation, but working on his/her own is not paradigmatic for how most work occurs in and shapes our society/ies. Rather, the mainstream of working is in skilled trades and professions mostly, but even in low-skill zones workers are willy-nilly immersed in a work-community that engages them in relations with fellow workers, management, and owners / investors in command of the means of production, company by conpany. What's more, there are different principial stances toward worker's representation. In many European countries there are arrangements for a plurality of unions cooperating and competing in the same workplace and in the same company, based on different values-orientations to life and work. In the Anglo world (UK, USA, Canada, Austraila, New Zealand), worker's represenation and the laws governing it are usually based on the dialectic of individualism and majority-takes-all collectivism. To my mind, the distinctive reformational stance, not least of all in the case of philosopher Herman Dooyeweerd, is that workers shoud belong to a union, cooperating and competing with other unions in their workplace, their trade/profession, and their nation -- based on the ultimate values of each worker and of the union to which he/she belongs. Life is religion, not Bible verses. In saying that, I intend in no regard to deny the contribution of the piece at hand, but its good quality is presented in a vacuum with little or no societal horizon where humanity's religions (including the various atheisms) contend for the direction of life -- by means of cooperation and competition, dialectically.

On another note, I don't like the inhospitality of this comments technology to my use of coComment. Or have I misunderstood the options you give? On coComment my comments thru-out the blogosphere are administered for myself and all the refWrite staff (fictional), by a secretary under the rubric "Semaphore."

-- Owlbird

Owlb said...

Supplemental: Steve, I think I have found a solution to my coComment problem. I'm testing it now.

-- Semaphore