June 21, 2018 Common Good

From Consumer to Citizen

The way to the good life is not through consumption. It is, instead, a path that we make by walking it with those who surround us. It is the way of a competent community recognizing its abundance. We, together, become the producers of a satisfying future. We see that if we are to be citizens, together we must be the creators and producers of our future. And if we want to be the creators and producers of our future, we must become citizens, not consumers. A consumer is essentially dependent on the creations of the market and in the end produces nothing but waste.

Think of your Community. What do you have an abundance of? How might you use this to create something together, to benefit each other and the wider world? How might this change the relationships between neighbors and change the self-understanding of all who participate?



McKnight, John. The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods(p. 18). Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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