Fratelli Tutti 20: More On Discarding People

One might think that skill in selling to the people would be a prime business value, be it for a product or a political candidate, or a point of view. The reality is that many self-proclaimed experts in politics, business, and other social fields are really noobs. 

Pope Francis is deeply critical of those who “discard” other human beings. 

20. This way of discarding others can take a variety of forms, such as an obsession with reducing labor costs with no concern for its grave consequences, since the unemployment that it directly generates leads to the expansion of poverty.[Cf. Address to the “Centesimus Annus pro Pontifice” Foundation(25 May 2013): Insegnamenti I, 1 (2013), 238]

Here, he ties in the unwhacked mole of racism:

In addition, a readiness to discard others finds expression in vicious attitudes that we thought long past, such as racism, which retreats underground only to keep reemerging. Instances of racism continue to shame us, for they show that our supposed social progress is not as real or definitive as we think.

Some would say we can’t totally succeed, so why bother to try. By the same token, we might well say we can never succeed in business, ideology, sports, or other modern passions. Some of these are indeed worth trying, as we are told.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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