Sunday, 22 June 2008

Trashing people, wrecking the joint

Patronal festival this morning at St John the Baptist, Crowthorne (Berkshire) near my old parish. We prayed the ancient collect for the grace to repent according to his teaching, and then constantly to speak the truth, boldly to rebuke vice and patiently to suffer for the truth’s sake. This had me wondering what a real prophet trying to follow John the Baptist’s lead might draw attention to in our culture. That quest took me to a talk at TED Monterey this year by artist and photographer Chris Jordan, in which he uses everyday objects to call into question some of the hidden assumptions of our Western culture:

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