God Can't by Thomas Jay Oord - Introduction, Chapters 1-4

Redbaron

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I just found this book again, after a somewhat disorganized move. I've re-read the first 4 chapters, which brings me to the point where this study seemed to stall. I'm interested in ch 4 about the idea that 'Everything happens for a reason', and the idea of what discipline is about.
a) sometimes the reason is sheer caprice
b) Discipline is not a simple equivalent to punishment (though every 'disciplinary board' or 'disciplinary action' seems to involve acts of punishment).

To get this discussion moving again, any thoughts on these 2 matters?
 

BetteTheRed

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To me, "discipline" and consistency are more related than discipline and punishment.
 

BetteTheRed

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Discipline is a habit. What often feels temporarily painful is good for you.
 

Mendalla

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I'll have to look at that chapter again. It's been too long. But Bette kind of hit the gist of discipline. Discipline as an external force for punishment is problematic, but as an internal system of self-regulation, it has value. It should be something we take on ourselves, not something we inflict on others.
 
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