Save Money and Find God With the New Economic Puritanism

Are you looking for new and innovative ways to integrate austerity into your new recession-conscious lifestyle? Boil your dental floss and use it again and again. Accessorize with hand-me-downs. Ride a bike. Grow your own vegetables. Don't buy stuff.


The proceeding recommendations all come out of a growing body of thinking that predicts the recession will be good for us on an ideological level. This camp is not exclusively composed of raggedy dumpster divers who thought capitalism was the root of all evil in the first place—though they are certainly relishing this moment—but also from Christians and back-to-roots practicalists who get teary-eyed at the mention of everything from John Winthrop to the Maytag man.

Getting by with less should not be as antithetical to the developed world as selling abstinence to the horny. (In fact, with no jobs, Americans have a golden opportunity to practice their diurnal dalliance and catch up with the rest of the world in that department.) The logic of the new Puritanism is actually quite simple. Get by with less now to have more later. And the democratic extension of this is crucial. There is no way for class mobility, that most American of concepts, to survive unless the have not's learn to save. Spending beyond their means just gives the have not's more not, and the have's more exclusivity.

Any more suggestions for going Puritanical? Post them below or mail them to  zachary@bigthink.com

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

Dead – yes, dead – tardigrade found beneath Antarctica

A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.

(Goldstein Lab/Wkikpedia/Tigerspaws/Big Think)
Surprising Science
  • Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
  • The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
  • Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
Keep reading Show less

Physicists puzzled by strange numbers that could explain reality

Eight-dimensional octonions may hold the clues to solve fundamental mysteries.

Surprising Science
  • Physicists discover complex numbers called octonions that work in 8 dimensions.
  • The numbers have been found linked to fundamental forces of reality.
  • Understanding octonions can lead to a new model of physics.
Keep reading Show less

Why are women more religious than men? Because men are more willing to take risks.

It's one factor that can help explain the religiosity gap.

Photo credit: Alina Strong on Unsplash
Culture & Religion
  • Sociologists have long observed a gap between the religiosity of men and women.
  • A recent study used data from several national surveys to compare religiosity, risk-taking preferences and demographic information among more than 20,000 American adolescents.
  • The results suggest that risk-taking preferences might partly explain the gender differences in religiosity.
Keep reading Show less