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The Neophilia Problem Proverbs 22:1-2,8-9,22-23

The Neophilia Problem

Many people think that being good is so boring. But does it need to be?

At a Glance

We all know people who seem to thirst for adventure. They crave what is dangerous and daring. And it's a craving that often leads to trouble. After looking at this phenomenon, we move to the very challenging task of helping the poor and the needy, a responsibility the writer of our text says we must embrace -- boring or not.

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For material based on today's gospel text, see "JesusMeister," September 10, 2006, at

You may have this problem. If you do, there's no harm in confessing it to the congregation.

The problem is the neophilia problem. Neo + philia. Not, necrophilia. Neophilia. The love of the new. The thirst for the novel. The need for speed. The lust for the razor's edge. The curiosity about the inexperienced. The thrill of the dangerous. If this describes you, you're a neophiliac, and Nietzsche captures your spirit: "The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously."

The thirst...

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