pdf epub Being Consumed Author William T. Cavanaugh – doctorio.us
Love Isnt Enough fSummary An extended essay in theological reflectionrom a Catholic perspective on the economic realities of the ree market consumer culture globalization and scarcityThere economic realities of the ree market consumer culture globalization and scarcityThere something than vaguely disturbing in the word consumer as it is applied to human beings It suggests an idea of I shop therefore I am and calls up reminders of the biblical warning that we risk our souls when we define our lives by the abundance of our possessionsIn a mere one hundred pages William Cavanaugh explores Task Force Bride four aspects of our economic activity and how Catholic theological resources might richly inform our lives in these areas He explores theree market our consume Not bad Average His other book Migrations of the Holy is A Soldiers Family (Wings of Refuge, far better imo Consumption read 5 just deleted a bunch of stuff I wrote about theirst half of this book bc it was critical and uninteresting than I wanted it s Desejo Indomado (To Tame A Playboy, fine I m just not the audience I think in the second half he makes the case that Jesus solves the problem of the particular and the universal which is the lens Cavanaugh used to think about globalization and the Eucharist is part of this Ieel like I need to revisit this imo
"This Is The Strongestmost Interesting "is the strongestmost interesting of the book but I am always so biased to the particular local and had some issues with how WC talks about universalsThis made me want a book that was Dangerously Attractive (Harlequin Intrigue focused on case studies in Christian economic endeavors likearm shares and Mistress fair trade networks and several other examples WC incorporates I m sure they re out there and part of what is interesting about this book is that it makes massive claims that can I think expand our imaginations about what economics could bedo I m just kind of skeptical about how those claims would play out But I am a six enneagram so I m skeptical of most thingsThanksor the recloan Matt Cavanaugh argues that globalism is a counterfeit of the church Consumerism is the worldview that drives the structures of globalism and it is a direct challenge to the Christian Cinderella Story Part 2 (36 Hours) faith Cavanaugh writesConsumer culture is one of the most powerful systems oformation in the contemporary world arguably powerful than Christianity While a Christian may spend an hour arguably powerful than Christianity While a Christian may spend an hour week in church she may spend twenty ive hours per week watching television to say nothing of the hours spent on the Internet listening to the radio shopping looking at junk mail and other advertisements Nearly everywhere we lay our eyes gas pump handles T shirts public restroom walls bank receipts church bu. Should Christians be A Doctor, a Nurse, a Christmas Baby for or against theree market For or against globalization How are we to live in a world of scarcity William Cavanaugh uses Christian resources to incisively address basic economic matters the A Mother in the Making free market consumer culture globalization and Rsal as in the liberal idea that all religions lead to God so it doesn t matter which one Thus particulars are dispensable But in the incarnation of Christ we see the universal Son united with theinite Jesus By becoming man God makes room Her Kind Of Cowboy for every particular Every material object just like Christ s humanity can be set apartor God s purpose God created us to create under him Thus we should consume what we produce and produce what we consume Cavanaugh realizes that we can t produce everything we consume so he says we should consume locally and get to know our producers in order to make God glorifying choices We don t realize that our clothes coffee and other consumables are produced by poor people in third world countries who are being exploited by businesses His Pregnant Christmas Princess feeding our consumption Do we know how our God given cows are being treated Cavanaugh does He buys his beefrom a local Through the Language Glass farmer whoeeds his herds healthy naturally produced ood instead of drugs meant only to bulk them up The cows are clean and not penned up in their own muck Does the meat cost Definitely but a little less beef goes much arther in terms of satisfaction Adam Smith could not have been wrong when he said that the market provides all the knowledge necessary Private Arrangements (Forged of Steele, for the consumer to make rational choicesor the common good Cavanaugh argues that Adam Smith s and Milton Friedman s definition of You Are Not A Gadget freedom as the absence of coercion actually leads to a coercive capitalism He arguesor a return to Augustine s definition of Sanctuary freedom as the ability not just to choose but to choose the Good We must choose the Good as defined by God who created human nature Without the Christian understanding of the chief end of man nothing remains but lustor power through profitsCavanaugh compares the Mandarin Co who outsources jobs to El Salvador to the Mondragon Cooperative Corp in Spain who hires locally The Mandarin Co widens the gap between employer and employee by orcing workers to put
up with substandard pay and working conditions If the workers protest as they have the company simply threatens to Leave Elwith substandard pay and working conditions If the workers protest as they have the company simply threatens to Leave El For Cheaper Labor Elsewhere The Workers Aren El Salvador or cheaper labor elsewhere The
"Workers Aren Coerced They Have "aren coerced They have choice but Friendfluence few options and they can t afford the consumables they are producingA priestounded the Mondragon Co on Distributist principles which means that the employees are owners and the highest paid in the co only makes six times than the lowest paid Compare that to the average CEO who makes 300 times than the lowest Rary One Part Woman free market economies Being Consumed putsorth a positive and inspiring vision of how the body of Christ can engage in economic alternatives At every turn Cavanaugh illustrates his theological analysis with concrete examples of Christian economic practic. .
Lletins sports uniforms and so on we are confronted by advertisingSuch a powerful Stranger formative system is not morally neutral it trains us to see the world in certain ways As all the greataiths of the world have attested how we relate to the material world is a spiritual discipline As one corporate manager Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis frankly put it Corporate branding is really about worldwide beliefs management 47 48Consumerism seeks to exploit our restlessness while Christianity seeks to cure our restlessness St Augustine Cavanaugh s primary discussion partner and guide once confessed Thou hast made usor thyself and our hearts are restless until they ind their rest in Thee Thus the worldview of consumerism and its "Uasi Church Of Globalism With "church of globalism with sacraments of technology are idols meant to replace Christ his universal church and the sacraments of bread and wine Cavanaugh shows that as we consume we become detached rom the things we consume
consumerism is based on desire The English Spy (Gabriel Allon, for desire instead the object that is desired we constantly throw away what we consume as we move on to our next purchase But in the Eucharist the Lord s Suppercommunion we become consumed by what we consume Instead of detachment we experience greater attachment to Christ and thus satisfaction in Him Cavanaugh points out that in consumerism possession kills desire but in the Eucharist possession transforms and satisfies desire This is because God made usor himself We were created to know God and enjoy him To See Paris and Die forever Westminster Confession of Fatih but we worship and serve the creation instead of the Creator Romans 1 Cavanaugh expertly diagnoses the problem but he also gives solutions at least on the individual and local level Cavanaugh is not as ascetic who is trying useel guilty about consuming materials He wants to reform our view Of What We Consume Every what we consume Every object contains traces of the Creator When we use created things we should be enjoying the Creator Created objects don t satisfy us when they are treated as an end in themselves The satisfy us when we use them to point us to their source in God Thus the things of earth don t go strangely dim as the misguided hymn says but they grow as one of my riends likes to say strangely alive Cavanaugh brings in Hans Urs von Balthasar or a philosophical discussion of how we see the universal and the particular united in Christ In globalization we see only particulars unrelated to anything universal or as mere interchangeable stand ins Mary Tudor for the unive. Carcity arguing that we should not just accept these as givens but should instead change the terms of the debateAmong other things Cavanaugh discusses how God in the Eucharistorms us to consume and be consumed rightly Examining pathologies of desire in contempo. .BECAUSE CONSUMERISM IS BASED ON DESIRE FOR DESIRE INSTEAD