The Oxymoron of "My Comfort Zone"

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Beth Lindquist McCaw

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Common human needs combined with external forces in contemporary society can groom an individual to pursue personal comfort as a primary aim in life. In this article I argue that unchecked, the central pursuit of personal comfort displaces our love for neighbor, and renders us less compassionate and just. Thus love of neighbor needs to be a deliberate commitment. Service learning trips and faith-based missions are used to illustrate the different outcomes between an approach in which personal comfort is protected, and an approach that allows for personal discomfort.

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