“Creeping meaninglessness is a private cost of making the nature of the flourishing life a mere matter of taste. There is public cost as well: cultural “dialogue” about the meaning of human life and about our [corresponding values] ends up looking like the shouting talking heads of cable news. We are unable to reason with—or even speak with—one another about this most important project of our lives, let alone formulate a vision of flourishing life that encompasses all of humanity and all creatures, a pressing concern in a highly interconnected and interdependent world. As a result, many prefer the disengaged individualism of lives built on unreflective soft relativism (your vision is true for you, my vision is true for me) to lives invested in the truth of our common humanity.”Excerpt from For the Life of the World:Excerpt from For the Life of the World: Theology that Makes a Difference, by Miroslav Volf and Matthew Croasmun
Many of you have commented that the inquiry we have embarked upon this fall—the inquiry into what constitutes a flourishing life—is not an easy conversation. Not only is it hard to articulate a vision of what constitutes a flourishing life, but we are not certain where to look for answers. This Sunday we will take a look at one aspect of a flourishing life, one way of accessing insight into this inquiry. In the meantime:
Don’t forget your homework this week: Ask someone the following:
- What constitutes a flourishing life?
- How do you decide what constitutes a flourishing life?
- Where do you look for your answers to these questions?