our god is freedom

When you are interiorly free you call others to freedom, whether you know it or not. Freedom attracts wherever it appears. A free man or a free woman creates a space where others feel safe and want to dwell. Our world is so full of conditions, demands, requirements, and obligations that we often wonder what is expected of us. But when we meet a truly free person, there are no expectations, only an invitation to reach into ourselves and discover there our own freedom.

Where true inner freedom is, there is God. And where God is, there we want to be.

—  Henri Nouwen

Embracing the New life of the Resurrection

“Christ has brought salvation to everyone, something the theologians have labeled general salvation. And yet, everyone does not actuality come to this objective salvation, only those who seek and pursue it… Those who desire to be saved and work toward this goal receive divine Grace as their aid and guide. This Grace does not work in us violently; rather it abides with us perennially as a specific offering for the work of our salvation….

Grace does not compel anyone. Men have the God-given freedom to accept it and to work with it or to reject it. Those who embrace it are saved and those who withdraw from it are lost.” (Elder Cleopa)

anonymous asked:

Can you please discuss the controversy about being Christian/Catholic and being a member of the Divine Nine. I'm interested in pledging but I'm worried that my faith will be contradicted.

Sure…. This is going to be long…Apologize for the error if there are any.

We regard religion as part of each member’s well being and recognize that each member ascribes to the religion that they most identify with. As a result we are able to have members of practically every religion capable of coming together for a common cause. Something Christian oriented organizations can rarely do. What binds BGLOs together is a commonality that stems from our pledge process, the ideals we ascribe to, our members, and traditions we have.  Churches cannot control BGLOs as they can other organizations. We don’t prevent our members from worshiping whichever God or Gods they want. Our freedom of religion is so ingrained in the individuality of each member to the point where we have members who don’t participate in certain activities simply because of their religious convictions (drinking, going out on the Sabbath etc). We don’t judge them for doing that nor does it affect their membership negatively. Several Chapters of our orgs have things like meditation time, Bible study, prayer Circles etc. and we are open to members creating their own. The massacre in South Carolina took the lives of Five members of BGLO organizations. Bro. Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. , Soror Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Soror Cynthia Graham-Hurd Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, Soror Myra Thompson Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Bro.  Daniel L. Simmons Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. All were at Bible study very very well versed in the Bible. Faith Family Frat is the Alpha way

To touch on a few points of controversy…..

Secrecy- Our organizations function on secrecy. Not because we have nefarious motives but simply due to the fact that not everyone wants us to succeed. If we reveal publicly how or why we do things we will have more people against our cause than for it. You’d be surprised how many Churches currently work against several of our initiatives.

Churches also function on the basis of secrecy however for them it seems to be okay because they are Christian.

Symbols- Our organizations have and use symbols mainly remind our members of our purpose. Christians look at those things as Idol worship.  Some see it as demonic symbols thus demonic worship. Then again, Sankofa symbols have also been called the same things.

Churches ignore their own Idol worship and it’s ironic, some of the symbols we use come from the Church. If you ever get a chance to go to the Vatican, several Cathedrals etc. have the same Symbols and others all over the place. There are certain places where you question if the buildings are sanctioned by the Holy See. If you are not Catholic, look at your own Churches and ask about some of the symbols that are used. Look at how certain things and people are idolized to the point where certain peoples transgressions are overlooked (rapes, thefts, etc). The Cross for example is a symbol of salvation for some and persecution for others.

Rituals- Our organizations have Rituals we use for different things. Their meaning varies per organization however they have a purpose not only to those participating in them but to those watching. Everything from how we sing, to how we step, to even how we dress have meaning which are secular and not religious.

Churches have rituals they perform that go against the Bible teachings. You should read Pagan Christianity, authors Frank Viola and George Barna.

Oaths: Our organizations have oaths which are no different than any other oath you will and have taken. Every job you will ever have requires you to take at least an Oath, in some cases several. They just call them contracts. One is verbal the other is written. This year, I have taken 85 difference pledges of allegiance, and secret most of which are blind oaths. If I want to earn a living ( and the bible says something to that effect about working and eating), I have no choice.

Many Churches make their members take oath to the constitution of their respective denominations. Some of those oaths contradict teaching in the Bible.

History: The Black community is waking up to the realization that Churches aren’t as civic minded as they used to be or ever were. BGLO have the track record and continue to prove that we are about our community and the development of our people even when they don’t want it.

For example, in the early year of what became the Civil rights movement, more than a few Black Churches actively worked to derail the movement. It is no secret that of the times Bro. King and others were arrested their only support were BGLO members and not Churches. This hasn’t stopped some of those Churches from forgetting those times.  Even today, we still have Preachers calling racism Gods will and our President the Anti-Christ.

Money: We as orgs are able to raise funds for certain things. How we use those funds are at the discretion of our leadership and our members. With internal audits etc. those who misappropriate those funds or objectives that are not met are dealt with. We can get more people to donate to our cause than Churches can to theirs. Something several Churches can’t say.

Of the over $500 Billion collected by Black Churches since the 1980’s, most of those funds have gone to individuals or to the Churches and not used to help those downtrodden as the Bible teaches us.

I could go into other things but I think you get the gist. Certain Christians are throwing stones when they live in glass houses built on sand.

Being a Christian is an individual endeavor. Very very very very few people can tell you what God’s plans are for you. Maybe joining one of our Orgs is a lesson He wants you to learn or an example for what he expects of your service to him. Maybe you will see what the tenants of Christianity should be in practice.

If you are worried about contradicting our faith are you absolutely sure you are not doing things now that contradict it. 

Pray about it, ask to speak with members of your denomination who are also Greek and see what happens.

There are also Christian Fraternities and Sororities you can join instead. 



Apparently, God deems the retention of our freedom as a greater good than even the momentary suspension of human freedom for human security and safety. And I don’t get it. But if God’s good, than I’m gonna trust that. …Because God knows that even in the midst of the worst evil, He can bring about a greater good.

The only person who knows what is best for you, is you. The trick is to clear the channel to your higher dimensions so you can connect with the highest level of your wisdom, love and inspiration to guide you to do what is most appropriate for you. We don’t need to sit around in smoke filled rooms or start new political parties. We need to remove the egg shell of low vibrational emotion - fear - and the law of vibrational attraction will connect us with all the people and organisations we need to transform the planet. When we get ourselves right, the world must come right because we are the world and the world is us. What we call society is the sum total of human thinking and feeling. It is a reflection of our attitudes. When we change them, we change society. We are only a change of mind away from real freedom, the freedom to express our God-given uniqueness and celebrate the diversity of gifts, perceptions and inspiration that exist within the collective human psyche. The creative force is within us all and desperate to express itself.
—  David Icke - The Biggest Secret

Sing His praises in the assembly of the faithful. Psalm 149:1b
It’s so easy to get fed up with church. For years I got very little out of church. The sermons were boring. The music was embarrassing. Going to church was an endurance test. Until I visited a persecuted church!
There were fifty of us squeezed into an upstairs room. The singing was hushed. Then a preacher stood up, an old man. No sooner had he spoken a sentence than he broke down in tears. He kept saying, “I never thought I would have the privilege of preaching again.” Then he would laugh, and then cry again. Soon everyone was weeping with him. Except me. I thought, “What kind of hopeless service is this.”
But afterwards I met the old man, and when I heard his story I repented of my attitude. He pastored a church for only six months before it was closed down. He was jailed, spending twenty years in prison. Then suddenly being allowed to do so. How do you preach a sermon after a silence of 31 years? No wonder he was overcome.
I returned home with a transformed attitude. I began to walk to church with my Bible, praising Him for the opportunity. I went to the church early, walking the aisles and praying, thanking God for the building and the freedom to hold our service. When the preacher spoke, I thanked God that he had no fear. When the Bible was read, I thanked God for the men who took grave risks in the past to print and distribute this word in my language. When we sang a hymn, I sang out loudly, thanking God that I did not have to whisper in hushed tones.
Truly, what a privilege worship is. The persecuted church rescued me from bitterness, and taught me to count my blessings I had taken for granted.
Ron Boyd-MacMillan

Nothing is possible in love without death,” says the Sufi.
The soul’s love for God frees us from our self, and yet this freedom can seem like death, as we die to the person we think we are. Again and again we die to our limited sense of self in order to step into the vaster dimension of our being. This dying is what separates those who want security and stability from those who are reckless, crazy, or driven enough to venture into the depths.

What security is there for us here in her caravanserai
when every moment camel bells cry, “Pack up the loads!”?
The dark night, the fear of waves
the terrifying whirlpool,
how can they know of our state, those who go lightly along the shore?

In the darkness evoked by divine love we encounter all of our fears and vulnerabilities, as our values and beliefs are dissolved or shattered. Those who are destined to live from the mystical core of their being, live in a terrifying vulnerability. This is the vulnerability of the heart~ of living with the unknown and unknowable presence of the divine. The soul’s beloved is not a lover who likes to be defined or caught in any image. This is a lover who draws us ever deeper, pushes us always into the beyond, with a love that can be as violent and destructive as it can be tender and comforting

—  Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

The tongue is our most powerful weapon of manipulation. A frantic stream of words flows from us because we are in a constant process of adjusting our public image. We fear so deeply what we think other people see in us that we talk in order to straighten out their understanding. If I have done some wrong thing (or even some right thing that I think you may misunderstand) and discover that you know about it, I will be very tempted to help you understand my action.

Silence is one of the deepest disciplines of the spirit simply because it puts the stopper on all self-justification. One of the fruits of silence is the freedom to let God be our justifier. We don’t need to straighten others out.

—  Richard Foster

anonymous asked:

The way we talk about sexual purity in church really bothers me. I believe that sexuality is so much more then just intercourse. I've been to several different churches and they all make me feel like I'm suppose to lock my entire sexuality in a box and never open it unless I get married. I don't want to have sex until I'm married. But churches act like sex isn't all over T.V. and music. I guard my heart the best I know how, but I'm not gunna act like sexuality is super evil outside of marriage.

The way we talk about sexual purity in the church really bothers me too. I think you would be really comforted and inspired by this sermon from Reality SF called “A Wisdom of Sexuality” which I talked about more in this q+a. It’s a pretty revolutionary way of understanding sexuality in relation to our faith and I highly recommend you give it a listen!

A lot of the thoughts I could give you would be coming directly from that sermon anyway haha. For instance, you’re very right that sexuality is far more than intercourse, which of course is the ultimate physical demonstration of our need for intimacy and connection. 

Sexuality is a single facet in our identity and it isn’t healthy to pretend it doesn’t exist or to demonize it until we’re married. The way a Christian should regard and engage sex is very different from the perspective and practice of the secular world, and sexuality is one of those clear aspects in life that we’re called to be in this world but not of it. The church is made up of imperfect people who are just doing their best to navigate life in pursuit of Christ, but because we are sinful, we are often motivated by fear, shame, and regret rather than freedom, hope, and renewed minds. Because of this, the church has produced a deeply flawed depiction of sexuality and it’s role in the Christian’s life. 

It isn’t that sexuality is super evil and while some shame-driven doctrine might cast this message, it’s more true to say that Christians have both personally and externally witnessed the destruction that mishandled sexuality can cause. When the sacred gift of ultimate connectedness–the greatest form of vulnerability–is engaged animalistically, it can cause great pain. We have seen what promiscuity, rape, pornography, and infidelity does to people, so while I’m not going to defend the “sex is bad”  mentality of the church, I’m also not going to defend the alluring lie of our culture that as long as there’s consent that it’s all good. Sexuality is a powerful part of us and because we are often motivated by self-gratification, this can lead to very destructive decisions and habits. 

The thing we need to take hold of in this conversation is grace, forgiveness, restoration, and the beautiful truth that virginity doesn’t make you pure… Christ does. It is Him alone, so there is no place for shame or pride. When we magnify sexuality it divides people into two groups–the righteous and the stained, but this is not the message of the gospel (which is that we are all stained and all in need of salvation which imparts the righteousness of Christ onto us); therefore we cannot let this ideology continue passing on the confusing and destructive teachings of purity culture. Sex is more than what the world tells us it is, and mishandling it does have consequences, but we should be far more interested in living in freedom and seeking God in our pursuit to having a healthy sexuality that functions in the way He intended, and this does not mean that we ignore a very real aspect of our identity. This only leads us to live in pretense until we’re alone with ourselves, and have to face that part of us, which is exactly what purity culture has led us to do. 

We are beginning to see it’s long-term effects and thankfully, a lot of our generation is drawing attention to the fact that it has robbed the church of authenticity and has established a spirit of shame that haunts us when we lay awake at night wondering if we’re the only ones struggling to be holy. And the answer is NO, you’re not alone, you’re sexuality is not the enemy, you do not have to pretend to be an asexual monk until you’re married. It’s time to call those mentalities out for what they are–complete bull crap that hinders our ability to receive the love of God and be truthful and supportive within the community of believers. That way of thinking distorts our view of self as disgusting or perverted when we were created by a God who never intended for our sexuality to be a source of fear or shame, but to make it evident that we are created for community, intimacy, and connectedness. We are not called to live in a pattern of shame, isolation, or self-conflict when we’ve been made pure and set free by the work of Christ. 

Please go listen to that podcast. 

We cannot see the Church as a sort of aesthetic perfection and limit ourselves to aesthetics swooning — our God-given freedom calls us to activity and struggle. And it would be a great lie to tell searching souls: ‘Go to church, because there you will find peace.’ The opposite is true. She tells those who are at peace and asleep: ‘Go to church, because there you will feel real alarm about your sins, about your perdition, about the world’s sins and perdition. There you will feel an unappeasable hunger for Christ’s truth. There instead of lukewarm you will become ardent, instead of pacified you will become alarmed, instead of learning the wisdom of this world you will become foolish in Christ.’
—  Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris (+1945)
“Under the Sign of Our Time”, an essay in “Essential Writings of Mother Maria Skobtsova”, p. 115.

If some of you ignorant dumb fucks actually watched American sniper you would see the pain Chris Kyle went through after every person he had to kill in order to protect our country. You would see all though he killed many he wanted to kill as few as needed. You would see that every time someone brought up how many he killed he never celebrated. His main goal was to protect our country that was in a war. If you do not want want to stand by our troops feel free to stand in front of them. They do not want to be there, they do not want the memories that haunt them after, they do not want to miss the moments with family and friends that they miss while deployed, they do not WANT to kill. But freedom comes with a cost. Unfortunately there are evil people in this world it’s a fact but to be so ignorant to say such disgraceful words about Chris Kyle who gave up his life so that you could so ignorantly make such unthinkable comments towards him and our troops breaks my heart.
God Bless Chris Kyle
God Bless those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom
God protect our troops and bring them home as soon as possible
God bless our troops
God bless my big brother

We are terrified, devastated and angered. This isn’t the Prophet, this is their prophet, their hatred. They are barbaric. They are criminals. They are the devil, they have lost their soul, they have sold it to Hell. Today every french family is crying. They have killed our policemen, who protect our freedom, who protect us, who protect me.
—  Hassen Chalghoumi, imam, on the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, 7/01/15.
At 25 years old I have made a stunning realization

You’re taxed for being born, in the form of a birth certificate (not including the taxes tacked on to your hospital bill)
Your parents are taxed on your behalf for school, whether you attend a publicly funded or privately funded school.
When you start working your income is taxed.
When you buy anything AT ALL, you are taxed for it in the form of sales taxes.
You’re taxed for getting married in the form of a marriage license.
You’re taxed for every shit you take in the form of sewer taxes.
You’re taxed for the land you take residence on.
You’re taxed on your retirement benefits.
And not only are you taxed for being buried AFTER YOUR DEATH, but even your LIFE INSURANCE is taxed.

You are paying rent to your government to exist on this planet. How DARE you have the ignorance to even THINK the government should take MORE from you and your fellow citizen?

You are paying for your “freedoms” from your moment of conception to even beyond your death.

We’re all fucking SLAVES


WE’RE RENTING WHAT SHOULD BE OUR GOD GIVEN FREEDOMS WHAT THE FUCK, Y'ALL?!?! “Two things in life are certain; death and taxes.” A-FUCKING-MEN
We all come from the same God, no matter of our ‘differences’, our souls were born from the same womb. We are all equal, born from love, God is love. Society is already trying to take our freedom, don’t let them take love from us too.
—  Aaliyah Royle

I thought I would show my Jewish pride on Passover by posing my bat mitzvah pic and me now.

Back then I was a scrawny kid no boobs, no muscles, hated my nose, my curly hair and my eyebrows.

That was 12 years ago. Now I’m almost 25, got the body I want with awesome curves perfect sized boobs, like both straight and curly hair my eyebrows are great the way they are. I am blessed on this day where we remember our freedom to often prayed for god to give me. Happy Passover everybody

Romans 7:13-25 (NLV)
Then does it mean that the Law, which is good, brought death to me? No, not at all! It was sin that did it. Sin brought death to me by the Law that is good. In that way, sin was shown to be what it is. So because of the Law, sin becomes much more sinful.

We know that the Law is right and good, but I am a person who does what is wrong and bad. I am not my own boss. Sin is my boss. I do not understand myself. I want to do what is right but I do not do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. When I do the thing I do not want to do, it shows me that the Law is right and good. So I am not doing it. Sin living in me is doing it. I know there is nothing good in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do good but I do not. I do not do the good I want to do. Instead, I am always doing the sinful things I do not want to do. If I am always doing the very thing I do not want to do, it means I am no longer the one who does it. It is sin that lives in me. This has become my way of life: When I want to do what is right, I always do what is wrong. My mind and heart agree with the Law of God. But there is a different law at work deep inside of me that fights with my mind. This law of sin holds me in its power because sin is still in me. There is no happiness in me! Who can set me free from my sinful old self? God’s Law has power over my mind, but sin still has power over my sinful old self. I thank God I can be free through Jesus Christ our Lord!

If God knew that Adam and Eve would sin, why did He create them?

The Bible says that God created all things—including us—for Himself. He is glorified in His creation. “From him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen” (Romans 11:36).

It may be hard to see how Adam and Eve’s falling into sin could bring glory to God. In fact, some might even wonder why, if God knew ahead of time all the trouble they would cause, He made them in the first place.

God is omniscient (Psalm 139:1–6), and He knows the future (Isaiah 46:10). So He definitely knew that Adam and Eve would sin. But He created them anyway and gave them a free will with which they chose to sin. 

We must carefully note that Adam and Eve’s falling into sin does not mean that God is the author of sin or that He tempted them to sin (James 1:13). But the fall does serve the purpose of God’s overall plan for creation and mankind. 

If we consider what some theologians call the “meta-narrative” (or overarching storyline) of Scripture, we see that biblical history can be roughly divided into three main sections: 1) paradise (Genesis 1—2); 2) paradise lost (Genesis 3—Revelation 20); and 3) paradise regained (Revelation 21—22). By far the largest part of the narrative is devoted to the transition from paradise lost to paradise regained. At the center of this meta-narrative is the cross, which was planned from the very beginning (Acts 2:23). “The Lamb … was slain from the creation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). 

Reading Scripture carefully, we are led to the following conclusions:
1. The fall of mankind was foreknown by God.
2. The crucifixion of Christ, the atonement for God’s elect, was foreordained by God.
3. All people will one day glorify God (Psalm 86:9), and God purposes “to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ” (Ephesians 1:10).

God’s purpose was to create a world in which His glory could be manifest in all its fullness. The glory of God is the

overarching goal of creation. In fact, it is the overarching goal of everything He does. The universe was created to display God’s glory (Psalm 19:1), and the wrath of God is revealed against those who fail to glorify God (Romans 1:23). The world that best displays the glory of God is the world we have—a world that was allowed to fall, a world that was redeemed, a world that will be restored to its original perfection. 

God’s wrath and God’s mercy display the riches of His glory, but we cannot see either without the fall of mankind. We would never know grace if we had never needed grace. Therefore, all of God’s plan—including the fall, election, redemption, and atonement of mankind—serves the purpose of glorifying God. When man fell into sin, God’s mercy was immediately displayed in God’s not killing him on the spot. God’s grace was immediately evident in the covering He provided for their shame (Genesis 3:21). God’s patience and forbearance were later on display as mankind fell deeper and deeper into sin. God’s justice and wrath were on display when He sent the flood, and God’s mercy and grace were again demonstrated when He saved Noah and his family. God’s holy wrath and perfect justice will be seen in the future when He deals with Satan once and for all (Revelation 20:7–10).

God’s glory is also revealed in His love (1 John 4:16). Our knowledge of God’s love comes from the Person and saving work of Jesus Christ in this fallen world. “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9). Had God decided not to create Adam and Eve, based on His knowledge of their fall—or had He made them automatons with no volition—we would never have truly known what love is.

The ultimate exhibition of God’s glory was at the cross where His wrath, justice, and mercy met. The righteous judgment of all sin was executed at the cross, and God’s grace was on display in His Son’s words, “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34). God’s love and grace are manifest in those whom He has saved (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8–9). In the end, God will be glorified as His chosen people worship Him for all eternity with the angels, and the wicked will also glorify God as His righteousness results in the eternal punishment of unrepentant sinners (Philippians 2:11). Without the fall of Adam and Eve, we would never know God’s justice, grace, mercy, or love.

Some raise the objection that God’s foreknowledge and foreordination of the fall damages man’s freedom. In other words, if God created mankind with full knowledge of the impending fall into sin, how can man be responsible for his sin? The best answer to that question can be found in the Westminster Confession of Faith:

“God, from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established” (WFC, III.1)

In other words, God ordains future events in such a way that our freedom and the working of secondary causes (e.g., laws of nature) are preserved. Theologians call this “concurrence.” God’s sovereign will flows concurrently with our free choices in such a way that our free choices always result in the carrying out of God’s will (by “free” we mean that our choices are not coerced by outside influences). It’s a complex interaction of wills and choices, but the Creator God can
handle any amount of complexity.

God foresaw Adam and Eve’s fall. He created them anyway, in His own image, to bring glory to Himself. They were given freedom to make choices. Even though they chose to disobey, their choice became the means by which God’s ultimate will was carried out and by which His full glory will be seen.

As Hegel puts it, what dies on the cross is not son but father himself. I think itʼs correct speculative reading. Otherwise we are in some pagan stupidity where you have God up there, God sends a messenger, “oh,sorry,crucified this time, it failed, comeback my son, weʼll try it later two thousand years,” or whatever. This is obscenity. The whole point is that itʼs not that if we do this we are back at this boring pagan topic of phoenix—you know, you die, but out of the ashes you, like that stupid bird, whatever, you come back. No no no, what comes after crucifixion is not Christ back to Daddy. Itʼs Holy Ghost. What is Holy Ghost? Read it literally. When Christ is asked by his followers, “How will we know that you come?” You know this famous passage, “Whenever there is love between two of you I will be there.” I take this absolutely literally. Holy Ghost is what remains of God, and itʼs our freedom. There is no higher guarantee and so on.
Letʼs be frank. Itʼs no longer Christianity, even if itʼs called Christianity. Itʼs some kind of a—I like to call it a spiritualized pseudo-Western Buddhist hedonism, you know, realize yourself, a little bit of spiritual exercise and so on and so on and even Christianity is secretly if you look at it reformulated in these terms. This is why with all my appreciation of Dalai Lama, read his books. I checked in a bookstore. Three of the first page they always begin in the same way, “All living beings want to avoid pain and live happily, enjoy it,” and basically the message is a little bit of meditation will help you, even better sex, and so on. I think that first this is blatantly false, if there is anything to learn from psychoanalysis is that itʼs at least one human being, sorry, at least one living being, humans, who puts all its energy to screw things up for itself as far as possible—as much as possible. This is what Freud called “deathdrive” and so on. We are not hedonist animals and especially I think this is important. I wonder if you would agree with me. The pope, Ratzinger, said as usual something pretty stupid, that, you know, that “greed, utilitarian greed and so on, we have to overcome it,” in his apparent anticapitalism.
Totally wrong. Capitalism as Benjamin knew, has a much more religious structure, a true capitalist is not a utilitarian hedonist. You are willing to starve, to risk everything, just so that capital reproduces itself and so on. You are even ready, ready to do whatever, to endanger the earth, whatever, just so that it goes on. Capitalism, again, is not the structure of personal egotism and greed. Every intelligent ideologist knows this.
—  Zizek at NYPL