Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?"”Many people today talk about justice, but are they living justly? They want to change the world but are they being changed themselves?
Eugene Cho has a confession: "I like to talk about changing the world but I don't really like to do what it takes." If this is true of the man who founded the One Day's Wages global antipoverty movement, then what must it take to act on one's ideals? Cho does not doubt the sincerity of those who want to change the world. But he fears that today's wealth of resources and opportunities could be creating "the most overrated generation in history. We have access to so much but end up doing so little."
He came to see that he, too, was overrated. As Christians, Cho writes, "our calling is not simply to change the world but to be changed ourselves." In "Overrated," Cho shows that it is possible to move from talk to action.
"It can be fashionable to talk about the poor but not as fashionable to talk to the poor. It may be popular to talk about injustice and still not know any victims of injustice. But we will never make poverty history until we make poverty personal. Eugene Cho shatters all our hipster coffee-shop talk of justice and dares you to dive into the trenches and do something real with your life. Talking about changing the world has never changed the world any more than talking about CPR has ever saved anyone's life. Eugene reminds us that the revolution has to be lived." --Shane Claiborne
Eugene Cho is the founder of One Day's Wages, a movement working to alleviate extreme global poverty. He is the founder and senior pastor of Quest Church, an urban, multicultural and multigenerational church in Seattle, Washington, where he lives with his family. Cho has been covered in various media including NPR, "New York Times," and "Seattle Times."