Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit by Grace Ji-Sun Kim

By Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Globalism, colonialism, and consumerism have triggered unjust agony (han), for the earth's exploited peoples and the exploited lands. To opposite this tragedy, we have to paintings for a more secure, sustainable planet and renew our notion from God because the reworking Spirit who offers, sustains and empowers lifestyles to all.

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Furthermore, our society teaches us the wrong message. This was not always the case in Protestant Europe and America. ”30 Decades of propaganda have convinced us that our self-worth is tied up in how much money we can make and spend. The quest for more money has oftentimes eroded relationships, consumed emotions, wasted lives, twisted reality, and ruined health. Wealth never satisfies. 1057/9781137344878  Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit Consumerism as civic religion In light of current economic theory, it has become almost our duty to consume—and consume in large quantities—our current economic woes are often summarized as our failure to consume.

40 Weber, The Protestant Ethic, 207–208. 41 Dennis J. Ireland, Stewardship and the Kingdom of God: A Historical, Exegetical and Contextual Study of the Parable of the Unjust Steward in Luke 16:1–13 (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1992), 176. ’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. ’” 42 Douglas John Hall, The Steward: A Biblical Symbol Come of Age (New York: Friendship Press, 1982), 86.

This subversion and resistance is something which is often overlooked by the colonizer. The colonizer believes that with enough indoctrination and cohesion the colonized will become like the colonizer. However, with every strand of oppression, one will always find some source of resistance which will try from the inside to fight against the corruption which has occurred from the outside. And this is the heart of the link between projecting power and culture across national boundaries: when power projects, it leaves its values and law behind.

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