|Not the self-love and self-interest of Adam Smith’s economic actors|
The spiritual and social implications of this example are inseparable, and offer traditionalists a template for social organisation in the future, as they once did in the past. There would, for example, be no amoral economic realm, in which the ‘mundane principles of Judiasm’, as Marx described them, or the self-love and self-interest of Smith’s economic actors, could burgeon again into dominance. An authentic life would be one of obligation and, through submission to the vertical order in a social organism, all roles would be service. As one body, man would reverence being, shepherd being and thereby confront the truth. Life would be one of rite, rather than flight. Our wills would indeed ‘become one single will’ in this respect, in a hierarchy of service to the truth, to the Creator.
No role would escape submission and, in full knowledge of this, the burden of the sacred act of leadership would also be accepted as sacrifice. John Dunn on sacrifice. Recognised as such, and ameliorated by the reverence of others, leadership must also be a sacred act of gnosis, or it will be evil. In other words, the motive of leadership would be sacrifice, rather than the power that defines leadership in the modern world.
(From a new book by John Dunn, to be published later this year.)
© John Dunn.
First posted on www.drjohndunn.com