I now return from a bit of a blogging hiaitus that was imposed by a week of staff retreat and meetings -- which meant for very little access to the computer and little opportunity to "free think." Not that I was particularly missed, but now I'm back :)
This quote is from page 125 of Volf's Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (what a great title, huh? I'm rapidly becoming a huge fan of Volf):
"According to a Croatian saying, people talk about what they don't have. We talk about forgiveness because we live in a sentimental but unforgiving culture. Consider the mushrooming litigiousness in the United States. Children are suing parents for rights, lovers are suing for unfulfilled romance, conservative Christians are suing as a means to advance their political agenda, coffee drinkers are suing restaurants for serving drinks too hot for their sensitive tongues, and pedestrians who have slipped and fallen are suing homeowners for having left a pebble or two on their sidewalk. If we could, we'd sue God, it seems, for having created a world in which bad things happen."