Small & Beautiful

It’s always best to embrace small and beautiful growth.  This means that consumers will have to downsize.  They should focus on having the right goals in life.  An accumulation of material possessions is far from the answer.  Overabundance can lead all sorts of dehumanization, so people should ask, “Why must they acquire less earthly possessions?”

Being caretakers of planet earth people do have ownership already over many gifts of nature.  It’s for us not to be greedy by pursuing gluttonous lives.  As good stewards make what has been bequeathed to us our responsibility to preserve and protect.  Make sure that ownership of excesses doesn’t lead to clutter and pollution of our environment.  Our minds ought to focus on ecological endeavors.  As a result we’ll see ourselves not only as defenders of people’s rights, but as protectors of our environment.

Commodities in Life

Our production model must be geared toward the purposeful usage of commodities.  It’s for us to concentrate on what we essentially want, and not delight in an overabundance of material goods by being pleasure seekers in the world.  We should ask the question: “When is having enough, enough?”  It’s necessary to look at our belongings, and consider what we can do without.  In their twilight years some seniors find it necessary to downsize the contents of their homes.

Notable writers have opted for living simply.  Some of these professionals are able to demonstrate how to make mother earth sustainable.  These authors, philosophers, social scientists and media critics are: Ernest Callenbach, Duane Elgin, Richard Gregg, Harland Hubbard, Mark Boyle – the Moneyless Man, Jim Herkel and Daniel Suelo.

Media & Sustainability

Print media like Mother Earth News, The Power of Half, and The Good Life have been pushing Americans toward sustainability with their repeated mantra of simplicity.  If possible, it’ll be wise to return to the land, for it’s amazing how much the Bible teaches about nature and a pastoral life. Psalm 23 describes people as “sheep with a shepherd.”  It envisions a future of everlasting joy of peace, and humility in the abiding grace of God.

A British economist E.F. Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful explains the right growth required to accomplish such a task.  We have to put our trust in the Lord in developing the best attitude about these conditions.  People ought to pray for guidance to make right decisions about our environment.  Knowledge, wisdom and truth must be pursued in making decisions concerning our natural environment.  Small is Beautiful in the Times Literary Supplement was considered among the 100 most influential books.  But our spirituality will help us understand why God is asking us to embrace simplicity.  This goal will provide insights about our lives, needs, hopes and dreams.  In the end it’ll help us to be better stewards, not only of our households, but of all God’s creation.

God’s Blessings

Peoples’ lives are blessed if they live God-centered lives.  Each day we’ll be able to give thanks not only for the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and our homes, but also the renewal of our environment.  Simplicity will come naturally for we’ll feed the poor and hungry alike, and provide for the homeless.  These are our neighbors that we often leave out of our abundance.  By meeting these needs with a willing heart will enable us to be truly blessed, because we’ll be living God-directed lives.  Once these goals are accomplished, people shall proclaim themselves true adherents in pursuing small and beautiful growth.

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