Architecture Digest and 7 billion neighbors

So I’m sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office yesterday, killing some time, and reading about architecture. Specifically, there was one article that talked about the challenges of designing an 11,000 sq. ft. home in the secluded natural setting that flowed with the contours of the land, without disturbing nature, etc., all with an absurdly outrageous budget.

My mind doesn’t know how to process that. Now, I am all for beauty, for things that are designed well, for art. I am not anti any of those things. But something inside of me cringes at our society’s (and my own) self-absorption.

I heard on NPR the other day that sociologists project that there will be 7 billion people on the planet by the year 2011. It only took 12 years for the number to rise from 6 billion (1999). So, in this world that we live in, what is our response? How do I live in a way that honors and respects “the other”? What do I need to do? What do I need to change?

I’ve been reading Buechner and Brueggemann recently, and both talk about viewing the universe, the cosmos, as a place of abundance, not scarcity. It goes back to our view of creation, of God, of who he is (Father) in relation to us (his beloved children, crafted in his image.) And in this world of poverty, scarcity, and abundance, we can finally begin to live in a way that truly honors each other.

“The opposite of poverty is not property.  The opposite of poverty is community.” ~ Jurgen Moltmann

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth, it is justice.” ~ Leonardo Boff

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is enough.”   ~ Wess Stafford

Community. Justice. Enough. Maybe those are good starting points?



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2 responses to “Architecture Digest and 7 billion neighbors

  1. Thank you for this. Have been thinking about what it is we have to share, the blessedness of the poor, the definition of poverty. . . this is so helpful.

  2. Ben

    good… would love to hear some of your thoughts as you think through this… ???

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