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November 17, 2020

I’ve been rather busy of late. I have a son getting married on Saturday and a few other things happening in my life at the moment so things might be a bit quiet around here for a week or two.

I have had a couple of interesting discussions recently about “social capital”. It was not a phrase I was familiar with but I gather it refers to the value of things like community, connectedness with family and friends, belonging to a group, relationships and celebration. In Australia we tend to value things in turns of their monetary value whereas social capital is about these very valuable things money cannot buy.

I read recently about an Australian girl who visited a community of people who were very poor in terms of money but very rich in terms of social capital. She came away wondering, who is really poor? And I wonder the same thing.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

6 thoughts on “Social Capital”

  1. First off, congratulations to your son. I am wonferfully happy after fifteen years of marriage, and can’t wait for the next 50, just like my grandparents.

    I have been on the “social capital” (never hearing that word before) bandwagon for about two years now. It makes it hard to create small talk among the neighbors because I am not interested in my property value, who has the nicest car, what expensive vacation so and so is going on, etc… It just does not interest me anymore, so I can’t keep up my end of the conversation.
    My priorities are simple. God, Family. No more. That simplicity to my life has made me immensely happy and free. Free from all of the pressures that go along with all of the other priorities that I used to fill my life with. I have much more social capital now, and think that those that have a lot of this are indeed richer.

  2. First off, congratulations to your son. I am wonferfully happy after fifteen years of marriage, and can’t wait for the next 50, just like my grandparents.

    I have been on the “social capital” (never hearing that word before) bandwagon for about two years now. It makes it hard to create small talk among the neighbors because I am not interested in my property value, who has the nicest car, what expensive vacation so and so is going on, etc… It just does not interest me anymore, so I can’t keep up my end of the conversation.
    My priorities are simple. God, Family. No more. That simplicity to my life has made me immensely happy and free. Free from all of the pressures that go along with all of the other priorities that I used to fill my life with. I have much more social capital now, and think that those that have a lot of this are indeed richer.

  3. God essentially gave us two things when he made us resources and relationships.

    Interestingly we had resources first and God saw that it wasn’t enough

  4. God essentially gave us two things when he made us resources and relationships.

    Interestingly we had resources first and God saw that it wasn’t enough

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