Re: An Acceptable Loss of Place

OK. Things have been crazy at work so I haven’t really had a chance to follow up my post. Apologies.

Lara: About local sustainability … is it necessary? Not so sure. I don’t really care if the apples we eat are made in China. The only troublesome part is when it negatively affects Canadian farmers. But then again, it benefits Chinese farmers. I’m not sure what to think about that.

St. Paul’s thoughts on the different parts of the body of Christ performing different tasks (1 Cor. 12) relates to this. Contrary to agrarian thought, I don’t think we’re all called to grow vegetable gardens. This is akin to an eye trying to be a hand.

Dan: From the little that I’ve read about Berry, I think he’d agree with you. He’s not a fan of the Costco wasteland either.

Matt: I realize there are problems with training and vocation, but in terms of the examples I provided, my point still stands. What happens when one has the training, vocation and job? Do we stay or do we jump at any opportunity that will raise our income?

Let’s look at vocation. Following our perceptions of what our vocation ought to be can lead to an obvious neglect of place (e.g., travelling to other cities for training and more job opportunities). What are the by-products of this? Neglected families, lost friends, etc. We take this as a given. Maybe it shouldn’t be. In some cases (not all) a commitment to vocation can be nothing more than veiled idolatry. Isn’t there something odd about sons and daughters living and working on opposite ends of a continent while their parents languish alone in nursing homes thousands of miles away? And no, the phone just doesn’t cut it. After all, we’re not gnostics.

Now clearly I don’t want to absolutize this.

In rereading what I just wrote, I think my language was too strong, but I’m too lazy to change it.