Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Ethics of Eating

The National Catholic Rural Life Conference posted a great reflection piece on its website called Table Talk: The Ethics of Eating. 

This is a wonderful read and great food for thought (pardon the pun).  The article is accompanied by this great image, which I borrowed from NCRLC website.

Here is an excerpt.
When we gather around the kitchen table, we usually eat and often talk and sometimes learn. At this table we learn good manners and how to connect as family members. We may even occasionally talk about the Christian life and how to act in civic life.

Think about your community’s table, or the place where people come together to talk about the work that needs to be done. Think about the social, economic and political life of your community -- the table wider and perhaps less mannered than your family table.

What is the greatest injustice in the local community? What rules ought to be enacted to enforce or counter this injustice? What can be done to enact or enforce these rules? The aim of politics is the realization of justice and peace. Politics is the art of seeking and fostering the common good. Politics establishes the rules whereby people work, compete, raise families, and share the benefits and burdens of society. These rules are either just or unjust. 

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