Summary Of Being Consumed: Economics And Christian Desire By William Cavanaugh

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In his book Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire, William Cavanaugh represents four main points facing Christians values today in regards to consumerism and how individuals have become since modern times have evolved in the act of purchasing interactions. In many aspects, corporations have outsourced production overseas leaving little to no connection between them and the buyers. In this, an effect to acquire the most profit in a transaction, as outsourcing to cheaper cultures. How do Christians overcome this fact, is there a way, or is this the new world and will continue to be our reality? Consumers have lost the touch with one another separated by an object of purchase or status of having an object. In his book, he points not in …show more content…
Cavanaugh, however after examining writings of Augustine debates if those markets are in fact truly free. If this were true, the impact on both parties would undoubtedly raise all parties involved lives’, which isn’t the case or at least known in many cases as our interactions with the producers of the majority of products purchased aren’t sitting in the grocery store waiting to speak to us. Instead, transactions occur for the consumer, not the producer, ideally creating an unfree market. Rather we should “participate in God, the source of their being and the source of all good” (Cavanaugh, …show more content…
To combat with the newly unfree market, Christians need to take active in human rights, seek information of what it occurring in the lives of the producers and promote companies to enhance lives of their workers, to push for human flourishing to push the myth of a free market back into reality. Detachment has been affecting the U.S. economy since marketing, advertisement, and entertainment has taken places of billboards, television, radios, and even in the lack of interaction between individuals as its becoming. To overcome this, Cavanaugh states we research where the products are coming from, seeing what in these individuals in have available in their lives. Giving us the opportunity to see or interact will teach us to stop. To stop and realize the effects occurring through detachment. Lastly, rather than the myth of scarcity, Christians need to focus on the abundance as Cavanaugh puts its “From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.” The connection received from Him will fill the void of emptiness as consumption leads to the loss of connection and interaction between others and

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