Aliens In America
Aliens in AmericaFred B., an alert reader, commented on more Christmas cannings:
Sixty veteran clerical employees of the NYSE were laid off yesterday in the traditional way; With no warning, their badges were confiscated and they were marched out of the building under escort.
How is it done on your planet?
Indeed. Fred’s observation is humourous, to be sure. And ironic.
But I think Fred is on to much more: His comment helps us to see through the dark glass of this world into the Truth.
On what planet do people — even bad people — get fired at Christmas?
If this earthly logic makes no sense, then you might be (an) alien to this world.
My good friend, Peter Lawler writes to Fred’s point in his book Aliens In America: The Strange Truth about Our Souls. We are merely “pilgrims or aliens in this world.”
We are just passing through. For a short time.
Professor Lawler serves on President Bush’s Council on Bioethics and teaches at Berry College.
Lord only knows how he got a job in academia.
Firing employees at Christmas makes no sense if you have an eternal perspective.
So who would fire people at Christmas? An earth-bound man.
With a heart of stone.
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Thank you (foot)notes:
A thoughtful review of Aliens can be found in First Things.
Dr. Peter Augustine Lawler, Dana Professor of Government and Chair, Berry College:
Peter Augustine Lawler is Dana Professor and Chair of the Department of Government and International Studies at Berry College. He teaches courses in political philosophy and American politics and has won several awards from Berry for doing so.
He is executive editor of the acclaimed quarterly journal, Perspectives on Political Science and has been chair of the politics and literature section of the American Political Science Association. He also serves on the editorial board of the new bilingual critical edition of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and on the editorial boards of several journals. He is a member of the Society of Scholars at the Madison Center at Princeton University, the George Washington Professor on the American founding for the Society of Cincinnati for the state of Georgia, and he is a member of President Bush’s Council on Bioethics.
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