Tuesday, January 24, 2006

How do you inoculate against affluenza?

At Christianity Today online, Tim Stafford writes about the affluenza epidemic among young people:
Middle-class North American children face abundance on every hand. Possibilities and opportunities have expanded so greatly that the very shape of life has changed. They can do anything, go anywhere, be anybody. They see no risk—they can always start over, and they will not starve. The real risk is spiritual. They could lose their souls. . . .
A million options promise five million happinesses, but they often lead to a billion disappointments.
John Schroeder, whose blog pointed me to the CT article, sums up the disease this way:
It used to be you had to decide what was important to you because you only had so much to work with. Now, you can have a little of everything, you never really have to learn to decide what's really valuable and what is not.
Too true. Still, there's hope, and Mr. Stafford offers ideas on where we might find it.


Blogger Unknown said...

I especially appreciate this reference, Milton. I am currently giving a lot of thought to socio-economic issues, specifically, how they shape my life and spirituality.

7:53 AM, January 25, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Glad it was helpful, Jason!

11:59 AM, January 25, 2006  
Blogger maverick mindset said...

Thanks for pointing me to this article. I think the issue applies equally to Australia as to the U.S. Affluence breeds spiritual apathy - a timely caution to us all.

4:06 PM, January 25, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're welcome, Grant. And you're certainly right about apathy.

4:49 AM, January 26, 2006  

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