Laudato Si 113: Where Is The Hope?

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. The technocratic paradigm no longer inspires confidence about the days to come:

113. 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.

To be sure, I’d say the shadow of nuclear war eradicated much of popular trust in the dominant paradigm. nothing has replaced it in the popular imagination to date.

There is a growing awareness that scientific and technological progress cannot be equated with the progress of humanity and history, a growing sense that the way to a better future lies elsewhere. This is not to reject the possibilities which technology continues to offer us. But humanity has changed profoundly, and the accumulation of constant novelties exalts a superficiality which pulls us in one direction.

And these superficialities seem to function often enough as distractions from what really matters. I suspect many people instinctively know this.

It becomes difficult to pause and recover depth in life. 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. Let us refuse to resign ourselves to this, and continue to wonder about the purpose and meaning of everything. Otherwise we would simply legitimate the present situation and need new forms of escapism to help us endure the emptiness.

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