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Beyond Witnessing

A New Way of Humanising the World

Peter Chidi Okuma

The Poor and poverty-related issues and questions are in vogue. Humanitarianism is in. Yet so many mouths are hungry and poor – even «more hunger» than never. What is responsible? Aren’t there enough theories to end poverty like that of Jeffery Sachs: The End of Poverty. How we can make it happen in our Lifetime? Or those of Dambisa Moyo and others? Are resources not really enough and those directly concerned not doing enough in «doling out» help? Are we not donating enough? This author has x-rayed the theories of poverty and world poverty in particular through the purview of Jeffery Sachs. The author discovered that we need to go beyond witnessing today in order to really make true and lasting impact on the lives of humans. As he suggests through a combination of what he calls the «Christian Metannarrative hermeneutics» and the Mother Teresa of Calcutta model: «We are called to live the love of God, not to feel the love of God. We live this love through prayer and action. Our work is the fruit of our prayer, so that if our work is not going well, we must examine our prayer life. If we neglect our work or are harsh, proud, moody, and angry, then we should examine our prayer life. We will see that something has gone wrong there.»

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Chapter Seven

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7.1 The Challenge of Witnessing Beyond in Concrete today – the case of Organizations and Corporates Dietrich Bonheoffer in his Letters and Papers from Prison wrote, “We are chal- lenged to participate in the sufferings of God in the hands of a godless world, without attempting to gloss over the ungodliness with a veneer of religious act which makes a Christian what he is, but participation in the suffering of God in the life of the World.”158 The Corporate and business world are part and parcel of this milieu of God that challenges to “a participation in the sufferings of God in the life of the World.” It seems to this writer that part of the way of participating in the ‘suffering of God in the life of the World’ is by the way of ‘working with others for others’ – ‘Business.’ This is for the facts that in the world of business people work together, integrating and enhancing one another through their talents and acumens – the consequence being that of making and creating a better world for humans inte- grally and adequately considered. The same good gesture applies to the social and charity organizations. But the question remains how these ‘corporate bodies’ turn around their ‘active’ way of life into a kind of ‘contemplative’ way of life – that is to say, ‘into a form of prayer’ and witnessing beyond in au courant with our foregoing discussion here? Can the corporate world in any way be reconcilable with ‘lex contempletiva and...

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