Fratelli Tutti 147: Narrow Views

The danger too often cited are aspects of the age of reason, enlightenment, science, and such. In reality, narrow views that dismiss those different from us are far more disruptive and far more astray of Christian values:

147. Let us realize that as our minds and hearts narrow, the less capable we become of understanding the world around us. Without encountering and relating to differences, it is hard to achieve a clear and complete understanding even of ourselves and of our native land. Other cultures are not “enemies” from which we need to protect ourselves, but differing reflections of the inexhaustible richness of human life. Seeing ourselves from the perspective of another, of one who is different, we can better recognize our own unique features and those of our culture: its richness, its possibilities and its limitations. Our local experience needs to develop “in contrast to” and “in harmony with” the experiences of others living in diverse cultural contexts.[Cf. St John Paul II, Address to the Roman Curia (21 December 1984), 4: AAS 76 (1984), 506]

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