The one who contributes nothing

Remember the middle-school project?

In her book Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine talks about the middle-school student who doesn’t do his–or it could be “her,” of course–share of the project. Everyone else works hard, but he doesn’t do anything.

“And what if he didn’t care at all? What if he depended on us, even thought we were fools for doing his work for him? What we do is still worthwhile. We can afford to be generous. There are other systems of justice—such as test grades or final judgment—in which his contributions or sins will be assessed,” Levine concludes.

“We are all our brother’s, and sister’s, keeper and living in a community is another form of group work.”

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