The Curiosity Index (12.06.2019)

The Prosperity Heresy

Yesterday I linked to this story from the BBC on poor Americans being exploited by TV hucksters. I’d like to follow that up with this proposal.

7 Surprising trends in global Christianity in 2019

Yesterday I wrote about The Ebb & Flow of Christianity and just after I pressed ‘publish’ I read this from Facts & Trends. It provides some additional support and is a strong reminder not to think the world will necessarily follow Europe’s path.

On the Pleasures and Sorrows of Life Without Screens

From Cal Newport:

When people contemplate the declutter process I suggest in my book, in which you spend 30 days away from optional technology as a prelude to simplifying your digital life, they often predict that the main challenge will be compensating for the benefits and features they’ll miss out on.

But this prediction is almost always wrong…The real problem — and this surprised me — is figuring out how to deal with all the free time this move toward minimalism suddenly injects into your life.

David Attenborough on How to Save Our Planet

Towards a zero carbon home – reducing the baseload

If you want to practical action yourself towards the above goal. Jeremy Williams at The Earthbound Report is worth checking out.

Base load is the ongoing basic requirement to run the house. It’s the amount you’re drawing from the grid when you’re not actively using anything, and it includes fridges, appliances on standby, wi-fi routers and chargers. A lot of that will be overnight, when your house is still using energy while you sleep.

Off the shelves: Rediscovering the power of community

From late last year:

Churches should be places where loneliness and isolation are defeated not only because we will do our best to love everyone but because we can point people towards an eternal fellowship in which no one is ever abandoned or forsaken. 

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