In light of the
current economic crisis, it might be time to re-consider one
of Dorothy Day's
sharpest challenges to business as usual:
problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system"
"There was hardly anything
Dorothy did which didn't attract criticism. What got her in the most hot
water was her sharp social criticism.
She pointed out that patriotism
was a more powerful force in most people's lives than the Gospel.
While she hated every kind of
tyranny and never ceased to be thankful for America having taken in so many
fleeing poverty and
repression, she was fierce in her criticism of capitalism and consumerism.
She said America had a tendency
to treat people like Kleenex -- use them, and throw them away.
'Our problems stem,' she said,
'from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.' "