Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation devotes its CHAPTER TWO to a discussion of A CULTURAL DREAM.
28. The important thing is to promote the Amazon region, but this does not imply colonizing it culturally but instead helping it to bring out the best of itself. That is in fact what education is meant to do:
- to cultivate without uprooting,
- to foster growth without weakening identity,
- to be supportive without being invasive.
Just as there are potentialities in nature that could be lost forever, something similar could happen with cultures that have a message yet to be heard, but are now more than ever under threat.
We of the First World too often see little to our benefit in cultures outside of our view. Step one would, of course, be to not exploit or interfere. Sadly, that is not enough for profiteers.
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