Big Questions, Big Corporations, & Therapy

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FLOURISHING WITH QUESTIONS
Keeping Alive The Big Questions
by Jaweed Kaleem
The Huffington Post

What are the “Big Questions” you grapple with in life? How and where do you explore the answers to those questions – in the classroom, at the dinner table, during prayer or meditation? This article challenges us all to find ways of fostering dialogue around the questions at the core of our shared humanity. In this age of “technology-driven individualism,” how are we creating and deepening the authentic engagement with life’s questions in a way that generates “what the Greeks described as eudaimonia, or the ‘human flourishing,’ considered central to a person and society’s development”?

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GLOBAL SHOE COMMUNITY
TOMS Shoes and the Spiritual Politics of Neoliberalism
by Lucia Hulsether
Religion & Politics

How do you participate in our global community? This article explores how our consumer patterns express our need for connection and community. Hulsether challenges us to consider whether the new conscious capitalism is really the best way to forge an interconnected global community. She articulates, “TOMS consolidates religion and politics under a rubric of benevolent consumption and multicultural belonging—ever on a mission to spread a neoliberal gospel and, on the way, bind up the wounds that it inflicts.” Given such a critique, how might we support moral corporate leadership (and charity?) without forgetting humanity's collective responsibility to pursue the truly transformative, non-consumer driven practices of authentic human connection, community building, and solidarity?

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OPENING UP
Taking That Leap of Faith: Entering Therapy
by Laura Kerr, Ph.D
Social Justice Solutions

Beginnings and endings – arguably the two most difficult things to contemplate, no matter the context. Therapy is no different. In this article, Kerr offer helpful orientations to contemplating beginning and ending therapy. Considering the beginning, she notes, “[i]t takes courage to admit to a complete stranger how you are suffering, and all the things you don’t like about yourself.”  And in planning for the ending, she highlights, “[t]he goal of therapy should not be to avoid pain, but rather to change your relationship with pain, and thus how you suffer.” Kerr's take here may be helpful if you are considering taking steps to seek help from a therapist, life coach, or counselor of any kind.

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