Frank Schaeffer: Fall in Love, Have Children, Stay Put, Save the Planet, Be Happy

They call it “The Great Resignation.” People are leaving their jobs, changing careers, and reprioritizing their lives. But why? 

For some, especially women, the pandemic circumstances have forced them out of the workplace and into the role of primary caregiver for children or aging parents, or both. In a business world already not set up for the success of women who pursue motherhood, the pandemic has created even more unfavorable circumstances. 

For others, the pandemic has created a subtle break for the chaos of high-pressure jobs and the reallocation of time with those they love. As a result, people realize just how much they value their relationships and well-being, forgoing corporate success for something different. 

“In the context of career, ambition exacts a terrible cost. If nothing has value in and of itself, then life is lived as if everything must be measured in money and status. That poses an emotional risk because evolution favored the human genes that encouraged love, nurturing, and community rather than greed,” said Frank Schaeffer on the CBF Podcast Conversation. 

We sat down with the New York Times bestselling author to discuss careerism, caregiving, feminism, and the peril of capitalism based on his new book, “Fall in Love, Have Children, Stay Put, Save the Planet, Be Happy.” 

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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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