The series on Downward Mobility is only a few weeks old and already I have heard so much feedback. People have come out of the woodwork to say “oh, isn’t it strange–I have the same funny ideas too!” There has been a lot of push back, from people I know and people I don’t; people who love the term and those who loathe it. There are people who think the phrase “downward mobility” doesn’t do enough, there are others who think it legalistic, and there are many who struggle with knowing what it all means. It has caused me to think, long and hard, about why I want this space to be about this topic.
I will have smart people here to tackle many of the questions and concerns, but I wanted to clear something up right quick: I don’t have all the answers. I am not telling you how to live your life. I am not saying you have to sell all your possessions and give to the poor (but somebody I really love said that, and I do want to be able to even entertain that as a possibility). This isn’t going to be about some iron-clad ethic for your life. It is a place for all of us to reach out towards each other, with our questions, fears, hopes, and dreams, and be challenged and encouraged.
On that note, I will leave you this fine Tuesday with a quote from Doctor Who (you can thank Sarah Bessey for getting me hooked on this silly, stupid, marvelous show). I think it sums up the whole thing nicely:
“You know when you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all
get a job,
get a house,
have a kid”
and that’s it.
The truth is the world is so much stranger than that.
It’s so much darker.
And so much madder.
And so much better.”
(from the episode Love & Monsters. I highly suggest you check it out).