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Perfectionism Is Just Chronic Insecurity In Disguise (via Sam Kim)

Sam Kim writes about the social media fueled anxiety that seems to be eating away at younger generations.

Courtesy of Ed Stetzer’s blog:

In a culture based on shame and superficiality, the elephant in the room, which is the pressure to be amazing, is always staring directly at us.
If we truly want to win the hearts of the next generation with the gospel, we must help reclaim their identity as the beloved, because only perfect love can cast out fear.

Read the whole post here.


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Hillbilly Elegy


Hillbilly Elegy was on a number of ‘best books’ in 2016.
I found a copy in a remainder bookstore when I was on holidays and am reading it this week.
It’s an introduction to a culture that seems alien to modern sensitivities in this age that champions the marginalised, but can’t quite figure out what to do with marginalised who look pretty much the same as the mainstream.
There are some parallels in our country with sections of society that are generationally unemployed and family relationally fragmented.
Does the answer to their cultural malaise rest in individual endeavour or collective (government) intervention?
The book seems strongest when it deals with memoir; its efforts to provide social analysis will take longer to evaluate.


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The Growth Of The American Home

This post tracks the growth in size of homes in the USA over the last forty years, identifying that homes are now 56% larger than those of four decades ago. It uses a cute video to do so.
It’s probably the same here in Australia, or even more so.
All new homes here seem to have ensuite master bedrooms and most would have either a fourth bedroom or another living space. The forty-year mark was about when open plan design came to popularity as well, making for larger open spaces.
Of contrasting interest would be a study of how much time people spend in these larger homes.
My guess is probably less.
Go here and check it out.
This copy of the video may not last long, but if it does you can watch it here.