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Lions Roar : September 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2006 53 Chittister sees the conditions of our world as the seven deadly sins writ large. She asks, “Isn’t the national passion for instan- taneous gratification simply lust, which has sinfully led in the undeveloped world to the feminization of poverty and the prac- tice of economic pedophilia on children between six and twelve who work seventy hours a week for seven cents an hour?” Yet, she also feels that the breakdown of old consensus values and norms has paved the way for “a spiritual–cultural revitalization.” This will need to come from a new generation of leaders, who have known nothing but a period of radical transformation and will need mentorship and counsel from an older generation who can provide a link to traditional moral principles. In our own conversation, Chittister stressed the need for a spiritual approach to power, which takes others into account and is not addicted to superiority, as opposed to a secular approach to power, which says that whoever can gain control has a right to it. It is not easy to find ways to bring spiritual power to bear on the world, she admitted. “Everybody wants instant answers,” she The most significant political struggle now taking place may be the one among American Christians. It’s a debate about what true Judeo-Christian values are, and what influence they can, or should, have on society.