Brothers, But Never Without Their Father

  • Luigino Bruni
Part of the Virtues and Economics book series (VIEC, volume 4)


Joseph received the announcement of his vocation as a boy in a dream in Canaan, he saw his sheaf standing straight in the middle of the field and the other 11 sheaves (his brothers) prostrate in front of it. Only after many years and after a lot of pain does Joseph manage to interpret the dreams of his boyhood. Sometimes it takes a lifetime and mountains of suffering to decipher our dreams and those of others, to understand that the talents of a brother (or a colleague, a member of our community...), that had first appeared to us only as a threat were salvation for all instead. ‘I am Joseph! Is my father still alive? ...I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.’ The culmination of the cycle of Joseph is entrusted to a few, very human and wonderful verses. Up to this cry-out Joseph was a brother only as the son of the same father; now he becomes a brother again through a new bond of brotherhood generated by pain and love.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luigino Bruni
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  1. 1.GEPLI Department – EconomicsLibera Università Maria SS. AssuntaRomaItaly

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