“biological family is too small of a vision. patriotism is far too myopic. a love for our own relatives and a love for the people of our own country are not bad things, but our love does not stop at the border.”
– shane claiborne
most of us want to have a nice family, find a job that pays us much to do as little as possible, and earn a retirement that consists of sitting on beaches sipping frozen drinks getting a bronze tan. maybe theres more depth to your future aspirations, but by and large this represents the north american dream. good job + lots of money + stuff = happiness.
is that math correct?
id argue against it. furthermore, id argue that its not only incorrect but its outright destructive, not only to those around us but to ourselves. the selfish pursuit of materialism in a world bleeding and dying from its ‘side effects’ will eat at our souls if we dont/wont recoginze it. for many of us it already has.
so think bigger than your small family and think about the larger one called humanity. how can you make an impact on the global level? if you really want to youll figure out a way. find a job that matters to you and make an impact with it on your local community and, if possible, the global one. you might have to be more creative than youre willing to be. push past that feeling. its worth it. forget about money being the central thing that governors your life. yes, money is good to have as bills wont pay themselves, but neither can we eat money. its a useful tool for accomplishing good in this crazy world. nothing more. fight the urge to worship it and devoting your life to making more. lie: money will buy you happiness. that lie must die.
“and I think that’s what our world is desperately in need of – lovers, people who are building deep, genuine relationships with fellow strugglers along the way, and who actually know the faces of the people behind the issues they are concerned about.”
quotes from shane claibornes’ book ‘the irresistible revolution’.