Laudato Si on the Connection of All to All

Neglecting to monitor the harm done to nature and the environmental impact of our decisions is only the most striking sign of a disregard for the message contained in the structures of nature itself. When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the De-Thingification and Re-Sacralization of Nature and People

Modern anthropocentrism has paradoxically ended up prizing technical thought over reality, since “the technological mind sees nature as an insensate order, as a cold body of facts, as a mere ‘given’, as an object of utility, as raw material to be hammered into useful shape; it views the cosmos similarly as a mere ‘space’ into [Read More...]

Laudato Si on The Hunger Games and Zombie Apocalypses

There is also the fact that people no longer seem to believe in a happy future; they no longer have blind trust in a better tomorrow based on the present state of the world and our technical abilities. There is a growing awareness that scientific and technological progress cannot be equated with the progress of [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Catholic Faith’s Capraesque Cockeyed Optimism

Catholics insist upon free will, even when every Communist and Capitalist in the world tells them that economic “forces” are an unstoppable juggernaut of historical inevitability.  We hold, with Tolkien, that supposedly small and unimportant people can disturb the counsels of the Great and Wise: Yet we can once more broaden our vision. We have [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Cult of Power

Technology tends to absorb everything into its ironclad logic, and those who are surrounded with technology “know full well that it moves forward in the final analysis neither for profit nor for the well-being of the human race”, that “in the most radical sense of the term power is its motive – a lordship over [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Gun Cult

We have to accept that technological products are not neutral, for they create a framework which ends up conditioning lifestyles and shaping social possibilities along the lines dictated by the interests of certain powerful groups. Decisions which may seem purely instrumental are in reality decisions about the kind of society we want to build. So [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Difference Between Cooperating with the Creator…

…and raping creation: 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. It was a matter of receiving what nature itself allowed, as if from its own hand. Now, by contrast, we are the ones to [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Goodness of Science and Technology

Humanity has entered a new era in which our technical prowess has brought us to a crossroads. We are the beneficiaries of two centuries of enormous waves of change: steam engines, railways, the telegraph, electricity, automobiles, aeroplanes, chemical industries, modern medicine, information technology and, more recently, the digital revolution, robotics, biotechnologies and nanotechnologies. It is [Read More...]

Laudato Si’s Deadly Challenge to the Entire Libertarian Mindset

The principle of the subordination of private property to the universal destination of goods, and thus the right of everyone to their use, is a golden rule of social conduct and “the first principle of the whole ethical and social order”.[71] The Christian tradition has never recognized the right to private property as absolute or inviolable, [Read More...]

Laudato Si vs. Earth Firsters and Human Extinction Movement Misanthropes

A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings. It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor, or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed [Read More...]