A Jagged Contention: Thrift


“Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance. Heaven knows I for one speak disinterestedly in the matter; for I cannot clearly remember saving a half-penny ever since I was born. But the thing is true; economy, properly understood, is the more poetic. Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.”

– G.H. Chesterton, “Whats Wrong With The World” (96)


What do you make of Chesterton’s distinction between extravagance and thrift? How might such consideration impact the way a given church conducts it’s business?

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