Consumption, Communion, and Consumerism

Consumption is about communion; consumerism fails to honor that communion or, worse, rejects the fellowship that is at the basis of human economic life. Or as Stephen Grabill in Episode 3 of “For the Life of the World“:

This is the oikonomia of economics…All our work, every product, is a result of a great and mysterious collaboration. Every product that you see here is the result of an enormous, organic collaboration of individuals…It’s a picture of abundance and harmony, and if you try to control the process, it’s like we’re trying to control how people offer their gifts to other people. And what we really need to do is to allow people to offer their gifts to one another in free and open exchange, so that others can flourish.

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