Fratelli Tutti 49: Blocking Serenity

We’re getting near the end of “The Illusion of Communication” (paragraphs 42 through 50) and would you agree with that listening is disappearing? I’m worried, but I wonder if we’re getting carried away with how public figures behave in front of us. Or have our circles of families and friends become infected with this virus as well?

49. As silence and careful listening disappear, replaced by a frenzy of texting, this basic structure of sage human communication is at risk. A new lifestyle is emerging, where we create only what we want and exclude all that we cannot control or know instantly and superficially. This process, by its intrinsic logic, blocks the kind of serene reflection that could lead us to a shared wisdom.

This “new lifestyle” is far from universal. The 99% are still imposed upon. I’ve seen the social media meme about how privileged people are today, and to be sure, there are select nice things like cell phones, car services, and food delivery. But the vast majority of the world’s people muddle through life at the sufferance of the 1%.

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