Something to think about…

One of the highlights of last weekend’s Summoned to Wholeness conference at Duke University’s Divinity School was Norman Wirzba’s closing address at Anatoth Garden.

I’ll just share a couple of quotes from his talk, which are worthy of some thought.

Our culture conditions us to see the whole world as a store.

Our society is driven by envy and restlessness, all signs of our ingratitude.

2 comments on “Something to think about…

  1. The “‘world as a store” is spot on. I would add to that fact this: that it’s a cheap store we mostly see, a five-and-dime on the corner selling doodads only.

    And the astonishing thing about our envy/restlessness is it’s focal point: doodads. Lives in mad rush after doodads. The pathetic irony of it all makes my heart race.


    • Bill says:

      Very well said Will.

      Wirzba noted that as a culture we don’t see nature, we see “natural resources.”

      That’s bad enough, of course. But to what end do we imagine these “natural resources”?

      Mostly crap. Doodads. Trinkets. Junk.

      Your phrase “a mad rush after doodads” reminds me of something the great philosopher Tyler Durden said, “We buy things that we don’t need, to impress people that we don’t like.”


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