Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Political Theory and Paul
I did want to mention one line from Paul that really has been resonating with me: 2 Corinthians (8:15). "As it is written, He that gathered much had nothing over; and he that gathered little had no lack." (King James)
We are discussing Paul as arguing in many ways for a new world in the wake of Jesus's death. The covenant of Yahweh with the Children of Israel has been fulfilled with the death and resurrection, and the world and the law that governs it has been fundamentally changed. If you read Paul as trying to describe some kind of new society, I think this line could define how to live a happy life.
It rings with the environmentalism Zach preaches to me, it rings with the "work to live" rather than "live to work" philosophy I've seen here in Italy. I have realized upon examination of the books I've really enjoyed reading that I am incredibly interested in how to create a world where everyone is happy, everything works, etc. Basically, I am looking for utopia, and I think this line from Paul (and technically he is quoting Exodus) would be one of my founding principles.
Compared with the totality of knowledge which is continually utilized in the evolution of a dynamic civilization, the difference between the knowledge that the wisest and that which the most ignorant individual can deliberately employ is comparatively insignificant. ~Fredrich Hayek in The Constitution of Liberty