Red Shoulder Hawk

Red Shoulder Hawk

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Eminent Domain, tool for home destruction

The Chron reports that the Supreme Court rules cities may seize homes. The court was sharply divided, with the disssenting view that using Eminent Domain to take private property, compensate the owners, and then transfer the property to another private property, would result in more upward migration of wealth. The supporting view (in a milquetoast ruling) held that the Feds shouldn't tell Municipalities what to do.

The longer I'm on the planet, the more I see the action of differing aspects of Jesus' words "To everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away." (Luke 19 v26)

The Creative Force (I know Him as God) behind all creation is constantly wooing us to a fuller expression of our true selves. We are made to discover ourselves, and we find joy in doing so. "Us" as individuals, "Us" as community, "Us" as stewards for the planet. I see that nothing happens which doesn't support this arc of discovery in some way. For example, if we don't see a certain class of people as human, things get progressively more frictional until we do see them as "like us."

We align ourselves with various forces: good or evil, wealth or poverty, abundance or scarcity. All Jesus is telling us is that if you align with abundance, more will come to you. It's part of how the whole of everything is set up. The fact that the Supreme Court ruled this way is consistent with a call to be on the lookout for growth opportunities. There is no "sitting on your laurels" while you are part of the world.

This ruling is going to be a big part of redeveloping our urban areas. We must act at the local level to ensure the changes wrought are humane, and supportive of whatever measure of ecotopia we are ready to embrace.

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