Francis meets TED, Talks About ‘Solidarity’

“How wonderful it would be if solidarity, this beautiful and, at times, inconvenient word, were not simply reduced to social work and became instead the default attitude in political, economic, and scientific choices, as well as in the relationships among individuals, peoples and countries. Only by educating people to a true solidarity will we be able to overcome the ‘culture of waste,’ which doesn’t concern only food and goods but, first and foremost, the people who are cast aside by our techno-economic systems which, without even realizing it, are now putting products at their core, instead of people. 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.”

About Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon is a member of the Solidarity Hall board of directors. He is a business owner, writer, and president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the Diocese of Providence. Mark formerly blogged at Vox Nova and acts as editorial director for The Dorothy Option. He has written for Aleteia, National Catholic Register, Mars Hill Journal, and other publications, and is the author of Forty Days, Forty Graces: Essays by a Grateful Pilgrim.