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The human creature seems today to find himself in a special passage in history in which, in the ancient yet ever new questions on the meaning of human life, its origins and its destiny, encounter each other in an unprecedented context.
The emblematic feature of this passage may be recognized, in short, in the rapid spread of a culture obsessively focused on the sovereignty of man – as species and as individual – in relation to reality. There are those who speak of egomania, of a very real cult of the self, on whose altar everything is sacrificed, including the dearest affections. This perspective is not harmless: it forms a subject who continually looks in the mirror, to the point of being unable to see eyes on others and on the world. The spread of this attitude has very grave consequences for all affections and bonds in life. Vgl. Paus Franciscus, Encycliek, 'Wees geprezen' - over de zorg voor het gemeenschappelijke huis, Laudato Si' (24 mei 2015), 48

Naturally, this does not mean denying or reducing the legitimacy of individual aspiration to a quality of life and the importance of economic resources and technical means that may favor it. However, one cannot ignore the reckless materialism that characterizes the alliance between economics and technology, which treats life like a resource to be exploited or discarded for power or profit.

Unfortunately, men, women and children from every part of the world experience with bitterness and pain the illusory promises of this technocratic materialism. Also because, in contradiction to the propaganda of a wellbeing that would automatically spread with the broadening of the market, we instead see the enlargement of the territories of poverty and conflict, rejection and abandonment, resentment and desperation. Authentic scientific and technological progress should instead inspire more humane policies.

Christian faith urges us to take the initiative, rejecting any concession to nostalgia and lamentation. Besides, the Church has a vast tradition of generous and enlightened minds, which have opened up the roads for science and knowledge of their age. The world needs believers who, with seriousness and joy, are creative and proactive, humble and courageous, resolutely determined to repair the fractures between generations. This fracture interrupts the transmission of life. We exalt the inspiring possibilities of youth, but who guides the young to the fulfilment of adult life? The adult condition is a life capable of responsibility and love, both towards the future generation and towards the past. The life of fathers and mothers in advanced age should be honored for what it has generously given, not discarded for what it no longer has.


Tot de deelnemers aan de Algemene vergadering van de Pauselijke Academie voor het Leven - Synodehal
Soort: Paus Franciscus - Toespraak
Auteur: Paus Franciscus
Datum: 5 oktober 2017
Copyrights: © 2017, Libreria Editrice Vaticana
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Bewerkt: 9 oktober 2017


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