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The Prince of Peace, and Competition

April 14th, 2017 by G.

Christ offers peace. This is a very attractive goal, and more attractive when one is hurt and poor and failing. But there are certain times and places when competition, striving after excellence, all that red-blooded fierce struggle for mastery also seems like a thing worth celebrating. From that standpoint, peace seems like stagnation, and final victory is akin to a final loss.

Me, I sympathize with those who want peace. But the gospel takes in everything good. I got a little insight into how recently.

Monopolies are bad because they stagnate. They are inefficient and get more inefficient over time because the hard choices need not be made.

Yet Peter Thiel said that the natural goal of every new business is to become a monopoly.

It occurs to me that monopoly is not inherently inefficient or inherently stagnant. They are in real life, because our limitations and weakness mean that in some ways and along certain vectors we will only rise to higher things if necessity, booted and spurred, is riding us. But the sufficiently wise, the sufficiently virtuous, could function in monopoly.

That is what Christ offers us. Not peace as we are. Not the peace of damnation. But the peace of what we may become, the endless abounding peace that distills like dew from the heavens. He won it through struggle, and in a much lesser way, so must we. But struggle is not the goal. “And would that I might not drink the cup.”

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April 14th, 2017 06:49:38

April 17, 2017

We consider monopolies bad because they stagnate *and that stagnation is bad for the consumer*. It’s the goal of every business to become a monopoly because then its profits are assured. Profits are the goal of every business, and monopoly is a goal because it assures profits.

I’m not sure I’m getting your analogy though. Is monopoly an analogy for the state of final peace and of the end of struggle? Are you saying that such a state of peace, though it may appear to us as a state of stagnation, would not be a bad thing for “the sufficiently wise” and “the sufficiently virtuous”?

April 17, 2017

Monopolies stagnate because of a lack of virtue. I’m suggesting Christ offers peace and virtue.

April 17, 2017

This reminds me of some people I know, that I will refer to as N and V. N is narcissic, which sounds a lot more benign until you realize it largely overlaps with sociopath. This is a person who picks fights, purely to enjoy the contention. She likes to make outrageous demands, and she competes with her daughter. If her daughter married a younger guy, then she needs start hitting on guys 50 years younger. She is in her 80’s.

Peace with such a person will only come at a terrible cost. Her husband, V, put up with it as long as he could, until he slowly began to take on her traits. Nor was the mother a good influence on the children, as they grew up. She is still trying to sabotage them and cause as much drama as possible.

Peace is the ideal, but peace is not always possible. Nor did the Lord always advocate peace – when he had to tell people the way it is, he didn’t hesitate, even if it made him enemies. The Lord is a Lamb. He is also a Man of War.

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