Populorum Progressio 25: The Value of Industrialization

To be sure, technological progress is an objective good. It permits people to labor less and devote more time for the pursuits of civilization: art, family, leisure, travel, rest, recovery from illness, retirement, etc.. We also learn more about the universe in which we live.

25. The introduction of industrialization, which is necessary for economic growth and human progress, is both a sign of development and a spur to it. By dint of intelligent thought and hard work, (humankind) gradually uncovers the hidden laws of nature and learns to make better use of natural resources. As he takes control over his way of life, he is stimulated to undertake new investigations and fresh discoveries, to take prudent risks and launch new ventures, to act responsibly and give of himself unselfishly.

That last point seems important: to practice selflessness for the sake of others.

This encyclical letter is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana, and can be found in its entirety at this link.

The image is of Lady Justice at the Central Criminal Court of London.

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