Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) is a much appreciated saint both in the Christian and in the non-Christian tradition. Is this appreciation based on what Francis was really concerned about? When Francis spoke about 'the world', he often meant a reality he wanted to distance himself from: busy occupations that demand much attention and energy but are not worth it. He renounced riches and positions that cover up the vulnerable side of life. In order to leave this threatening world, Francis did not join a monastery. He also did not become a hermit. He broke with his family and especially with the cloth trade of his father.