Welcome to SHEEP WEEK, a week of my sustained critique of the shepherd/sheep analogy illustrated by my cartoons. This morning’s cartoon is “Culling is Killing”.
If you have a particular vision of what you want your people to be like that isn’t universal, that doesn’t include all, that isn’t all-encompassing, you immediately prohibit community. To pursue purity of the flock actually destroys it.
Everyone de facto belongs. I claim that the problem isn’t who belongs. No. The actual struggle is how we together creatively organize our inclusive universality.
“… the true heart of the Christian legacy: each individual has an immediate access to universality (or the Holy Spirit, or, today, of human rights and freedoms); I can participate in this universal dimension directly, irrespective of my special place within the global social order” (Slavoj Žižek, The Year of Dreaming Dangerously)
Perhaps you’ve experienced first hand the exclusion that results from culling the flock of “impurities”.