Gratitude is structure

When I started on a path to a more grateful life, I never imagined that the journey would lead to reconsidering ethics and politics, yet it seems somewhat inevitable now. Politics is about the way we structure life together. Gratitude is about mutuality, gifts, and caring, about how we give and receive, about benefactors, benefits, and beneficiaries, and about how we respond to all of that. Whether we recognize it or not, gratitude is necessary to our common life. And politics is how we organize that life. We carry around assumptions about gifts and gratitude. Those assumptions are too often invisible to us, yet they form the deep structure of our communities.

from “Grateful” by Diana Butler Bass


Today’s guest quote is by Brian McLaren, from A New Kind of Christianity:

Our faith is vain and self-centered if it only brings blessing for us or to us. It also must result in blessing that flows through us to the world. Good thinking (orthodoxy), good being (orthopathy), and good relating (ortho-affinity) must interact with and express themselves through good work and practice (orthopraxy) in the world, the creation that God made, loves, and will never abandon or betray.