Economic growth is the secular religion of advancing industrial nations. – Daniel Bell
In December 2009 I addressed the Parliament of the World’s Religions on the subject of the spiritual significance of voluntary simplicity. I would never hold myself out as an authority on this matter, I hasten to add – it seems to me a rather too personal subject for there to be ‘experts,’ as such. But when I was invited to speak I thought it were only proper to speak my mind. I sent some of you a transcript of my address at the time, however recently I was invited to submit an essay for journal the Earthsong (Spring edition), so I decided to rework my address into a short essay. I have posted the essay below. It isn’t a religious essay so much as it is an exploratory essay, one that wrestles with the notion of ‘spirit’ without really drawing any conclusions. That said, I do present an argument. Take it for what it is – simply an invitation to reflect.
God’s Away on Business: The Spiritual Significance of Voluntary Simplicity (Earthsong Website)