Now listening: Billy Joel, "The Stranger"
'Specially: Track 5, 'Vienna'
I am beginning to think about the Weberian thesis on the relationship between protestantism (calvinism) and work ethics and modern capitalism (free market), and wondering if the nature of exchanges, of purchases isn't the real interesting change - not the invention of worldly 'vocations', or even the now-moral trappings of seeming successful.
The Indulgence controversy hinges on the off-pissing absurdity that one could buy anything Godly or from God. Because there is absolutely no kind of exchange possible between our two spheres, right? No connection. One of us is effable, one of us is an apophatic blinding. Can't count that on your rosary, can you?
God has no economy (except trinitarian; and, maybe soteriological, but only when we're feeling hopeful and full of election), so any economy there is is UTTERLY distant from whatever metaphysical guarantees ground non-economic behaviors.
This is interesting.
Progressive, and indubitably civilized.
And a little dualistic; I wonder if I can deconstruct down to 'meaning' for economy, and how it functions to serve and extend the Reformation/CounterReformation. And I have this sense that that's what we're seeing, in part, in the anemic American response to the global climate crisis -- this idea that creation cannot be purchased on the human scale.