World




the Human Roots of the ecological Crisis:


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  • "humanity has entered a new era in which our technical prowess has brought us to a crossroads"

 

 

 

 

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  • "we are the beneficiaries of two centuries of enormous waves of change: steam engines, railways"

 

 

 

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  • "the telegraph, electricity, automobiles, aeroplanes, chemical industries, modern medicine, information technology and many more"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "technoscience, when well directed, can produce important means of improving the quality of human life !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "from useful domestic appliances to great transportation systems, bridges, buildings and public spaces"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it can also produce art and enable men and women immersed in the material world to "leap" into the world of beauty"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "yet it must also be recognized that biotechnology, information technology, knowledge of our DNA, and many other abilities which we have acquired, have given us tremendous power"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "more precisely, they have given those with the knowledge, and especially the economic resources to use them"

 

 

 

 

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  • "an impressive dominance over the whole of humanity and the entire world"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "never has humanity had such power over itself, yet nothing ensures that it will be used wisely, particularly when we consider how it is currently being used"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the Globalization of a technocratic Paradigm
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  • "the basic problem is the way that humanity has taken up technology and its development according to an undifferentiated and one-dimensional paradigm"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this paradigm exalts the concept of a subject who, using logical and rational procedures, progressively approaches and gains control over an external object"

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is as if the subject were to find itself in the presence of something formless, completely open to manipulation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "men and women have constantly intervened in Nature, but for a long time this meant being in tune with and respecting the possibilities offered by the things themselves"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it was a matter of receiving what Nature itself allowed !! - as if from its own hand"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we have to accept that technological products are not neutral, for they create a framework which ends up conditioning lifestyles"

 

 

 

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  • "and shaping social possibilities along the lines dictated by the interests of certain powerful groups"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "decisions which may seem purely instrumental are in reality decisions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "about the kind of society we want to build !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "technology tends to absorb everything into its ironclad logic"

 

 

 

 

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  • "those who are surrounded with technology know full well that power is its motive - a lordship over all"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "our capacity to make decisions, a more genuine freedom and the space for each one’s alternative creativity are diminished"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the economy accepts every advance in technology with a view to profit, without concern for its potentially negative impact on human beings. Finance overwhelms the real economy"

 

 

 

 

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  • "for them maximizing profits is enough"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "while we are all too slow in developing economic institutions and social initiatives which can give the poor regular access to basic resources"

 

 

 

 

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  • "we fail to see the deepest roots of our present failures, which have to do with the direction, goals, meaning and social implications of technological and economic growth"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the fragmentation of knowledge proves helpful for concrete applications, and yet it often leads to a loss of appreciation for the whole, and for the relationships between things"

 

 

 

 

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  • "a science which offers solutions to the great issues would necessarily have to take into account the data generated by other fields of knowledge, including philosophy and social ethics"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "yet we can once more broaden our vision:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we have the freedom needed to limit and direct technology !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we can put it at the service of another type of progress, one which is healthier, more human, more social, more integral"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "liberation from the dominant technocratic paradigm does in fact happen, for example, when cooperatives of small producers"

 

 

 

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  • "adopt less polluting means of production, and opt for a non-consumerist model of life, recreation and community"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "an authentic humanity, calling for a new synthesis, seems to dwell in the midst of our technological culture, almost unnoticed"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if architecture reflects the spirit of an age, our megastructures and drab apartment blocks express the spirit of globalized technology, where a constant flood of new products coexists with a tedious monotony"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "let us refuse to resign ourselves to this, and continue to wonder about the purpose and meaning of everything"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "nobody is suggesting a return to the "Stone Age""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but we do need to slow down and look at reality in a different way !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to appropriate the positive and sustainable progress which has been made"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the Crisis and Effects of modern Anthropocentrism
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  • "the time has come to pay renewed attention to reality and the limits it imposes"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this in turn is the condition for a more sound and fruitful development of individuals and society !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "often, what was handed on was a "Promethean vision" of "mastery over world""

 

 

 

 

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  • "instead, our "dominion" over the universe should be understood more properly"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in the sense of responsible stewardship !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but one cannot prescind from humanity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there can be no renewal of our relationship with Nature"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "without a renewal of humanity itself !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "human beings cannot be expected to feel responsibility for the world !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "unless, at the same time, their unique capacities of knowledge, will, freedom and responsibility are recognized and valued"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the Need to protect Employment
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  • "any approach to an integral ecology, which by definition does not exclude human beings, needs to take account of the value of labour"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if we reflect on the proper relationship between human beings and the world around us, we see the need for a correct understanding of work"

 

 

 

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  • "this has to do not only with manual or agricultural labour but with any activity involving a modification of existing reality, from producing a social report to the design of a technological development"

 

 

 

 

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  • "underlying every form of work is a concept of the relationship which we can and must have with what is other than ourselves"

 

 

 

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  • "we need to remember that men and women have the capacity to improve their lot, to further their moral growth and to develop their spiritual endowments"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "work should be the setting for this rich personal growth !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "where many aspects of Life enter into play: creativity, planning for the future, developing our talents, living out our values, relating to others"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "work is part of the meaning of Life on this Earth - a path to growth, human development and personal fulfilment !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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new biological Technologies
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  • "in many places, following the introduction of genetic modification (GM) crops, productive land is concentrated in the hands of a few owners"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "due to the progressive disappearance of small producers, who, as a consequence of the loss of the exploited lands, are obliged to withdraw from direct production"

 

 

 

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  • "the most vulnerable of these become temporary labourers, and many rural workers end up moving to poverty-stricken urban areas"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the expansion of these crops has the effect of destroying the complex network of ecosystems, diminishing the diversity of production and affecting regional economies, now and in the future"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these issues require constant attention and a concern for their ethical implications !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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environmental, economic and social Ecology
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  • "ecology studies the relationship between living organisms and the environment in which they develop"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it cannot be emphasized enough, how everything is interconnected !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "just as the different aspects of the planet - physical, chemical and biological - are interrelated"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "so too living species are part of a network !!! - which we will never fully explore and understand"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we are part of Nature !!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "included in it !!! - and thus in constant interaction with it !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "strategies for a solution, demand an integrated approach to combating poverty !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "restoring dignity to the excluded ! - and at the same time protecting Nature !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "each organism is good and admirable in itself; the same is true of the harmonious ensemble of organisms functioning as a system"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "although we are often not aware of it"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we depend on these larger systems for our own existence !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "once we become conscious of this, we realize that we live and act on the basis of a reality which has previously been given to us, which precedes our existence and our abilities"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "so, when we speak of "sustainable use", consideration must always be given to each ecosystem’s regenerative ability in its different areas and aspects"

 

 

 

 

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  • "we urgently need a humanism capable of bringing together the different fields of knowledge, including economics, in the service of a more integral and integrating vision"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is an interrelation between ecosystems and between the various spheres of social interaction, demonstrating yet again that the whole is greater than the part"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if everything is related, then the health of a society’s institutions has consequences for the environment and the quality of human life"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in this sense, social ecology is necessarily institutional, and gradually extends to the whole of society, from the primary social group, the family, to the wider local, national and international communities"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "within each social stratum, and between them, institutions develop to regulate human relationships !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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cultural Ecology
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  • "together with the patrimony of Nature, there is also an historic, artistic and cultural patrimony which is likewise under threat"

 

 

 

 

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  • "this patrimony is a part of the shared identity of each place and a foundation upon which to build a habitable city"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is a need to incorporate the history, culture and architecture of each place, thus preserving its original identity"

 

 

 

 

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  • "ecology, then, also involves protecting the cultural treasures of humanity in the broadest sense"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "culture is more than what we have inherited from the past; it is also, and above all"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a living !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a dynamic and participatory present reality, which cannot be excluded as we rethink the relationship between human beings and the environment"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "new processes taking shape cannot always fit into frameworks imported from outside; they need to be based in the local culture itself"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as Life and the world are dynamic realities"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "so our care for the world must also be flexible and dynamic !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is a need to respect the rights of peoples and cultures, and to appreciate that the development of a social group presupposes an historical process"

 

 

 

 

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  • "which takes place within a cultural context and demands the constant and active involvement of local people from within their proper culture"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in this sense, it is essential to show special care for indigenous communities and their cultural traditions !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for them, land is a sacred space !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with which they need to interact - to maintain their identity and values"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ecology of daily Life
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  • "authentic development includes efforts to bring about an integral improvement in the quality of human life, and this entails considering the setting in which people live their lives"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these settings influence the way we think, feel and act"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in our rooms, our homes, our workplaces and neighbourhoods, we use our environment"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as a way of expressing our identity !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in the unstable neighbourhoods of mega-cities, the daily experience of overcrowding and social anonymity can create a sense of uprootedness which spawns antisocial behaviour"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "nonetheless, I wish to insist, that love always proves more powerful !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "many people in these conditions are able to weave bonds of belonging and togetherness which convert overcrowding into an experience of community"

 

 

 

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  • "this experience of a communitarian salvation often generates creative ideas for the improvement of a building or a neighbourhood"

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is a need to protect those common areas, visual landmarks and urban landscapes which increase our sense of belonging, of rootedness"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "of feeling at home !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is important that the different parts of a city be well integrated"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and that those who live there, have a sense of the whole !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the Principle of the Common Good
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  • "human ecology is inseparable from the notion"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "of the common good - a central and unifying principle !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the common good is the sum of those conditions of social life"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which allow social groups and their individual members relatively thorough and ready access"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to their own fulfilment !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "underlying the principle of the common good is respect for the human person as such"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "endowed with basic and inalienable rights ordered to his or her integral development"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it has also to do with the overall welfare of society !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the development of a variety of intermediate groups, applying the principle of subsidiarity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the common good calls for social peace !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the stability and security provided by a certain order which cannot be achieved without particular concern for distributive justice"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "society as a whole, and the state in particular"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "are obliged, to defend and promote the common good !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Justice between the Generations
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  • "the notion of the common good - extends to future generations !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we look at things differently !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we realize that the world is a gift, which we have freely received - and must share with others"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "intergenerational solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "what kind of world do we want to leave !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up ?!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we see that what is at stake - is our own dignity !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lines of Approach and Action
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  • "the international community has still not reached adequate agreements !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "about the responsibility for paying the costs of the energy transition"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "due to lack of political will, they were unable to reach truly meaningful and effective global agreements on the environment"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and due to positions taken by countries which place their national interests above the global common good"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "worldwide, the ecological movement has made significant advances, thanks also to the efforts of many organizations of civil society"

 

 

 

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  • "thanks to their efforts, environmental questions have increasingly found a place on public agendas and encouraged more far-sighted approaches"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro proclaimed that human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development"

 

 

 

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  • "it enshrined international cooperation to care for the ecosystem of the entire Earth, and the obligation of those who cause pollution to assume its costs"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it set the goal of limiting greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere, in an effort to reverse the trend of global warming"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "although the summit was a real step forward, and prophetic for its time"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "its accords have been poorly implemented !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "due to the lack of suitable mechanisms for oversight, periodic review and penalties in cases of non-compliance"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the advances have been regrettably few: reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "above all on the part of those countries, which are more powerful and pollute the most !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the countries which have benefited from a high degree of industrialization, at the cost of enormous emissions of greenhouse gases"

 

 

 

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  • "have a greater responsibility for providing a solution to the problems they have caused"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for poor countries, the priorities must be to eliminate extreme poverty and to promote the social development of their people"

 

 

 

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  • "they are likewise bound to develop less polluting forms of energy production, but to do so they require the help of countries which have experienced great growth at the cost of the ongoing pollution of the planet"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "taking advantage of abundant solar energy will require the establishment of mechanisms and subsidies which allow developing countries"

 

 

 

 

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  • "access to technology transfer, technical assistance and financial resources, but in a way which respects their concrete situations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these are decisions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "rooted in solidarity between all peoples !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "enforceable international agreements are urgently needed !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "what is needed, in effect, is an agreement on systems of governance for the whole range"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "of so-called "global commons" !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the twenty-first century, while maintaining systems of governance inherited from the past, is witnessing a weakening of the power of nation states"

 

 

 

 

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  • "chiefly because the economic and financial sectors, being transnational, tends to prevail over the political"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is essential, to devise stronger and more efficiently organized international institutions !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "empowered to impose sanctions !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to manage the global economy !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to revive economies hit by the crisis; to bring about integral and timely disarmament, food security and peace"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to guarantee the protection of the environment and to regulate migration"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority !!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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new national and local Policies
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  • "how can a society plan and protect its future amid constantly developing technological innovations ?"

 

 

 

 

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  • "one authoritative source of oversight and coordination"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "is the law !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which lays down rules for admissible conduct in the light of the common good !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the limits which a healthy, mature and sovereign society must impose are those related to"

 

 

 

 

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  • "foresight and security, regulatory norms, timely enforcement, the elimination of corruption, effective responses to undesired side-effects of production processes, and appropriate intervention"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "political and institutional frameworks promote best practice, stimulate creativity in seeking new solutions and encourage individual or group initiatives"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "true statecraft is manifest when, in difficult times"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we uphold high principles and think of the long-term common good !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "public pressure has to be exerted in order to bring about decisive political action"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "society, through non-governmental organizations and intermediate groups, must put pressure on governments to develop more rigorous regulations, procedures and controls"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "unless citizens control political power - national, regional, and municipal !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it will not be possible to control damage to the environment"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "new forms of cooperation and community organization can be encouraged in order to defend the interests of small producers and preserve local ecosystems from destruction"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "truly, much can be done !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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what happens with Politics ?



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  • "let us keep in mind the principle of subsidiarity !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which grants freedom, to develop the capabilities present at every level of society !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "while also demanding a greater sense of responsibility for the common good"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "what is needed, is a politics which is far-sighted !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and capable of a new, integral and interdisciplinary approach to handling the different aspects of the crisis"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a strategy for real change calls for rethinking processes in their entirety"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a healthy politics needs to be able to take up this challenge"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "many things have to change course"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but it is we human beings above all !!! - who need to change !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "let ours be a time, remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for Life !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of Life"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joy and Peace
:


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  • "we are always capable of going out of ourselves towards the other !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "unless we do this, other creatures will not be recognized for their true worth"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we fail to set limits on ourselves in order to avoid the suffering of others or the deterioration of our surroundings"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if we can overcome individualism, we will truly be able to develop a different lifestyle and bring about significant changes in society"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we need to take up an ancient lesson, found in different religious traditions:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is the conviction that "less is more" !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to be serenely present to each reality, however small it may be, opens us to much greater horizons of understanding and personal fulfilment"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is a return to that simplicity which allows us to stop and appreciate the small things"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to be grateful for the opportunities which Life affords us, to be spiritually detached from what we possess"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "such sobriety, when lived freely and consciously"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "is liberating !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is not a lesser Life, or one lived with less intensity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is a way of living Life to the full !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "one experience what it means to appreciate each person and each thing, learning familiarity with the simplest things and how to enjoy them"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "so they are able to shed unsatisfied needs, reducing their obsessiveness and weariness"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "even living on little, they can live a lot, above all when they cultivate other pleasures"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and find satisfaction in fraternal encounters, in service, in developing their gifts, in music and art, in contact with Nature"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "happiness means knowing how to limit some needs which only diminish us"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and being open to the many different possibilities which Life can offer !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "inner peace is closely related to care for ecology and for the common good"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is reflected in a balanced lifestyle together"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with a capacity for wonder !!!!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which takes us to a deeper understanding of Life !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "( an attitude of the heart - which approaches Life with serene attentiveness )"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "( and is capable of being fully present - to accept each moment as a gift )"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Universal Fraternity:

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  • "we must regain the conviction, that we need one another !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and that being good and decent are worth it"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "is also civic and political !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "love for society and commitment to the common good are outstanding expressions of a charity"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which affects not only relationships between individuals but also macro-relationships"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "social, economic and political ones !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "social love is the key to authentic development:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in order to make society more human !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "more worthy of the human person, love in social life - political, economic and cultural - must be given renewed value, becoming the constant and highest norm for all activity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in this way, the world, and the quality of life of the poorest, are cared for"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with a sense of solidarity which is at the same time aware"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that we live in a common home !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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beyond the Sun:

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  • "at the end, we will find ourselves face to face"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with the infinite beauty of Nature !!!!!!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and be able to read with admiration and happiness"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the mystery of the universe !!!!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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a Prayer for our Earth:





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  • "all-powerful God, you are present in the whole Universe"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and in the smallest of your creatures"

 

 

 

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  • "you embrace with your tenderness all that exists"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "pour out upon us the power of your love"

 

 

 

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  • "that we may protect Life and beauty"

 

 

 

 

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  • "fill us with peace, that we may live"

 

 

 

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  • "as brothers and sisters, harming no one"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "o God of the poor"

 

 

 

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  • "help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this Earth"

 

 

 

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  • "so precious in your eyes"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "bring healing to our lives"

 

 

 

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  • "that we may protect the world - and not prey on it"

 

 

 

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  • "that we may sow beauty - not pollution and destruction"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "touch the hearts"

 

 

 

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  • "of those who look only for gain"

 

 

 

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  • "at the expense of the poor and the Earth"

 

 

 

 

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  • "teach us to discover the worth of each thing"

 

 

 

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  • "to be filled with awe and contemplation"

 

 

 

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  • "to recognize that we are profoundly united"

 

 

 

 

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  • "with every creature"

 

 

 

 

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  • "as we journey towards your infinite Light"

 

 

 

 

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  • "we thank you for being with us each day"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "encourage us, we pray, in our struggle"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for justice, love, and peace !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LAUDATO SI'
- Wikipedia EN:
LINK ¤ LAUDATO SI

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  • "Pope Francis critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming"

 

 

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  • "and calls all people of the world to take "swift and unified global action""
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