Episode 23 - Downward Mobility: What Is It? Is It Different from Minimalism & Simplicity? Unscripted Conversations on Life & Faith
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Lori, Shannon and I worked from Dean Brackley's definition of downward mobility:
"The solution to our global crisis is not that the poor become rich, which is neither feasible nor desirable, but that the rich join with the poor. The only solution is communities of equals, resisting pyramids of inequality. While some economic differences are legitimate, discrimination and misery are not. In communities of equals, personal talents, instead of advancing some at others' expense, are stewarded for the benefit of all."
Often, we think of living a life of poverty when using the term "downward mobility", but Henri Nouwen in The Selfless Way of Christ points out three great temptations of upward mobility, not one of them being exaclty and only physical wealth:
"Three temptations by which we are confronted again and again are the temptation to be relevant, the temptation to be spectacular, and the temptation to be powerful."
Do you feel the pull of those temptations? Had you heard the term downward mobility before? Are you consciously making choices for the benefit of common good and our fellow humans? What does this look like in your actual life? Join us in our Facebook group to continue the conversation or here in the comments!
BOOK talked about in this episode:
Not All of Us Are Saints
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