Mindless Worship

The emerging global economy has a strong tendency to foster soulless consumerism and mindless worship of technology, and it often tramples the rights of workers and the poor. We need to be attentive to the human consequences and social impact of globalization.

Poverty will not be reduced until we address the extraordinary growth of the inequality of income and wealth that has been fueled by American-style, no-holds-barred capitalism. Unfettered free markets and financial systems perpetuate structural injustice and social sin that often keep people trapped in poverty. Merton would have had a field day with this stuff.

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1 Response to “Mindless Worship”


  1. 1 Joan Krebs October 13, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Gerry, at least part of Merton’s reply probably would fall into the field of “mindful worship”.I think. Some of this is deliberate as you well know..

    Another thing that occured to me as I finished reading. Merton isn’t the only one to have a field day with “unfettered capitalism” (what a great name). Pope Francis often does the same when he uses terms like “global indifference” and other metaphors.


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