Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pope Francis, A Revolution of Tenderness

Recently Ted Talks released a recorded video of the Pope addressing an audience about life in our globalized world.  The main point of his Talk was, “We are all related and interconnected; scientific and technological progress must not be disconnected from social justice and care for the neighbor; and that the world needs tenderness.” (Faggioli)  The Pope used non theological language to appeal to a global audience and to address this issue as it being greater than the Catholic community. Also, his use of technology was a modern way of spreading his word, he is embracing the change and the modern technology. This Talk was a very liberal approach to better humanity. Many world leaders are choosing a side, pro-globalization versus pro-protectionism, and the Pope, being one of the most influential global leaders, made it very clear he is for the spread of human interaction and globalization because it can make humanity better. I hope that his influence will help support the movement for human rights and globalization as it is coming into question more often in more and more countries.

My favorite section of the speech was on solidarity. As an active political activist I really support people getting involved in politics and for standing up for what is important to them.

“Solidarity is a term that many wish to erase from the dictionary. Solidarity, however, is not an automatic mechanism. It cannot be programmed or controlled. It is a free response born from the heart of each and everyone. Yes, a free response! When one realizes that life, even in the middle of so many contradictions, is a gift, that love is the source and the meaning of life, how can they withhold their urge to do good to another fellow being?” (6:08)

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Emily Adams

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