Fratelli Tutti 47: Information Without Wisdom

This paragraph through #50 fall under the heading of “Information Without Wisdom.” Pope Francis first criticizes the phenomenon of creating our own reality, and dismissing anyone who stands in opposition to it:

47. True wisdom demands an encounter with reality. Today, however, everything can be created, disguised and altered. A direct encounter even with the fringes of reality can thus prove intolerable. A mechanism of selection then comes into play, whereby I can immediately separate likes from dislikes, what I consider attractive from what I deem distasteful. In the same way, we can choose the people with whom we wish to share our world. Persons or situations we find unpleasant or disagreeable are simply deleted in today’s virtual networks; a virtual circle is then created, isolating us from the real world in which we are living.

I know I’ve been unfriended in the Trump Era. I do have friends and contacts who supported him and/or his agenda. When I saw fake news on election stuff, I called it. Few to no peddlers of it even bothered to monitor polls themselves. I mean: you can be spoon-fed almost anything by people who cultivate their virtual circles of followers. I’m surprised that the ones who are most outspoken against censorship, fraud, socialism, and all are often inclined to have the biggest, darkest wool hats pulled down on their faces.

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