35. All too quickly, however, we forget the lessons of history, “the teacher of life”.[“Historia… magistra vitae” (Cicero, De Oratore, 2, 6)]
Will the rush to escape the pandemic be a rush to get back to normal–the way things were in 2019? We have an opportunity, but will we be students as we emerge from crisis?
Once this health crisis passes, our worst response would be to plunge even more deeply into feverish consumerism and new forms of egotistic self-preservation. God willing, after all this, we will think no longer in terms of “them” and “those”, but only “us”. If only this may prove not to be just another tragedy of history from which we learned nothing. If only we might keep in mind all those elderly persons who died for lack of respirators, partly as a result of the dismantling, year after year, of healthcare systems. If only this immense sorrow may not prove useless, but enable us to take a step forward towards a new style of life. If only we might rediscover once for all that we need one another, and that in this way our human family can experience a rebirth, with all its faces, all its hands and all its voices, beyond the walls that we have erected.
Of course, more attention to health care and less on outdated military adventurism would be a plus. I have hope. All citations of Fratelli Tutti (which can be found on this link) are © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana