Simple Living

September 13, 2022

Simple living sounds a strange term today, with high consumerism and a cost-of-living crisis. But I think there’s something important in that term for how we live well as Christians in our contemporary society. In this video I draw on research from my theological work exploring how Aquinas states that we can find fulfilment and happiness through leading a virtuous life. I look at how the path of simple living is walking a middle line, holding in tension the virtues of justice and temperance, to find what Aristotle termed, the golden mean, that can be applied to how we respond to consumerism.

I hope you find it interesting and helpful.

This interview is part of the @ExtraECC ​Conversations Beyond Borders #ExtraEcclesiam Separate Star CIC

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  • Reply Pauline Mackintosh September 16, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    I often think about the spending of money as a way of keeping someone employed. I bought a coffee and cake today when I was cold and had missed my bus. I was very aware that the shop which is local, is serving our community and will cease to be if left unsupported.This thought is not offered as a guiding principle but as something to consider when spending. My thinking is similar if I attend a craft fair. I appreciate that many artists struggle and that makes me want to support some by spending. I also give money away so these actions are not meant to replace giving.

    • Reply Ruth September 29, 2022 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you Pauline, I think that’s a really good thought to offer into the conversation. I agree – good businesses need our support.

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