Laudato Si 192: Utilizing Creativity

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website.

192. For example, a path of productive development, which is more creative and better directed, could correct the present disparity between excessive technological investment in consumption and insufficient investment in resolving urgent problems facing the human family.

I hope that in the coming years more attention and energy will be given to these problems of the human condition. Who knows? The movement of refugees and the continuation of terror tactics might add inspiration to those who are genuinely concerned for the neediest among us. Clearly, more drones and computers aren’t doing much to alleviate suffering.

It could generate intelligent and profitable ways of reusing, revamping and recycling, and it could also improve the energy efficiency of cities. Productive diversification offers the fullest possibilities to human ingenuity to create and innovate, while at the same time protecting the environment and creating more sources of employment. Such creativity would be a worthy expression of our most noble human qualities, for we would be striving intelligently, boldly and responsibly to promote a sustainable and equitable development within the context of a broader concept of quality of life. On the other hand, to find ever new ways of despoiling nature, purely for the sake of new consumer items and quick profit, would be, in human terms, less worthy and creative, and more superficial.

Superficiality: will we ever see a realization that many human pursuits are just empty?

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