Reflection 12.5.18

12/05/2018

For many … strategies for involvement in the community are based on a volunteer or charity mentality. Our … concept of charity is one of the main stumbling blocks to real community development. This is because … charity can blind people to reality and substitute cheap action for expensive action. And when I say this to my white brothers and sisters they get very uncomfortable. But charity blinds us and keeps us from seeing that our whole system works methodically against the development of certain people–economically, educationally, spiritually and socially.

~John Perkins, A Quiet Revolution


Reflection 7.17.17

07/17/2017

The same love that motivates us to preach the gospel and meet some basic needs should also motivate us toward getting behind the needs to their causes…. The questions don’t stop with the structures of society that make victims out of people. The questions continue right down into our lives, into our own homes, into the ways that we personally participate in and benefit from the way the structures are set up. It is painful because we might discover that we are guilty of being a part of an unjust system.

~John Perkins, A Quiet Revolution


Reflection 4.15.16

04/15/2016

For many … strategies for involvement in the community are based on a volunteer or charity mentality. Our … concept of charity is one of the main stumbling blocks to real community development. This is because … charity can blind people to reality and substitute cheap action for expensive action. And when I say this to my white brothers and sisters they get very uncomfortable. But charity blinds us and keeps us from seeing that our whole system works methodically against the development of certain people–economically, educationally, spiritually and socially.

~John Perkins, A Quiet Revolution