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Care of the Soul: The Path to Utopia

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If anyone thinks that the parables of Jesus are meant to be helpful moral tales, they should ponder the one about the workers in the vineyard. A landowner hires people to work for the day, starting in the morning, at a wage of one denarius. Then he hires others in the early afternoon for the rest of the day, and then still others in the late afternoon. But at the end of the day they all get paid the same amount: one denarius. The ones who worked all day grumble—understandably. The landowner says to them, “I’m not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for one denarius?” We seem to be at the theater of the absurd or a Zen master’s lesson.Is this a story about unjust wages? Some say that the parable teaches that people need money, any amount, so just give them some. Others hear it as giving you assurance if you’ve come to the Gospel late in life. Your own reading depends on who you think Jesus was and what he was trying to do. I think of him as suggesting an entirely different way of being on this planet, where the crucial difference is that you live by neighborly altruism rather than self- …

Thomas Moore has been a monk, a musician, a professor, and, for the past 30 years, a psychotherapist practicing archetypal therapy with a spiritual perspective. His latest book is A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.

About the Author

Thomas Moore is the New York Times best-selling author of Care of the Soul, as well as many other books on deepening soul and cultivating a mature spiritual life, three of which have received the Books for a Better Life Award. At turns he has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, a psychotherapist, and an S&H columnist. 

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