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The Never-Enough System

Like the sparrows flying overhead or the day lilies blooming beside the roadway, we live within creaturely limits, and we depend for our survival on resources outside ourselves. This awareness of our creaturely limitations, dependence and vulnerability doesn’t make us less happy, Jesus suggests: it actually increases our happiness. It liberates us from the addictive drives of the never-enough system: more food, more drink, more clothes – always more, more, more. It liberates us to see ourselves as God’s beloved creatures within God’s creation instead of as self-made consumers in a self-made economic system.

- Brian D. McLaren, Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in Twelve Simple Words (HarperOne, 2011), Chapter 7.
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