Laudato Si 103: Into the World of Beauty

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Pope Francis moves beyond the use of science and technology as advancing practical benefit. One might think the artistic sensibility of St John Paul II would have inspired this:

103. Technoscience, when well directed, can produce important means of improving the quality of human life, from useful domestic appliances to great transportation systems, bridges, buildings and public spaces. It can also produce art and enable men and women immersed in the material world to “leap” into the world of beauty. Who can deny the beauty of an aircraft or a skyscraper? Valuable works of art and music now make use of new technologies. So, in the beauty intended by the one who uses new technical instruments and in the contemplation of such beauty, a quantum leap occurs, resulting in a fulfilment which is uniquely human.

Making tools is almost wholly a human characteristic, as it the creation of art.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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