Fratelli Tutti 197: Questions For Better Politics

Chapter Five, A Better Kind Of Politics, wraps up here:

197. Viewed in this way, politics is something more noble than posturing, marketing and media spin. These sow nothing but division, conflict and a bleak cynicism incapable of mobilizing people to pursue a common goal.

Politicians and other civic-minded people might ask:

At times, in thinking of the future, we do well to ask ourselves,

  • “Why I am doing this?”,
  • “What is my real aim?”

For as time goes on, reflecting on the past, the questions will not be:

  • “How many people endorsed me?”,
  • “How many voted for me?”,
  • “How many had a positive image of me?”

The real, and potentially painful, questions will be,

  • “How much love did I put into my work?”
  • “What did I do for the progress of our people?”
  • “What mark did I leave on the life of society?”
  • “What real bonds did I create?”
  • “What positive forces did I unleash?”
  • “How much social peace did I sow?”
  • “What good did I achieve in the position that was entrusted to me?”

It seems to be that any worker might ask these questions. Asking them, then seeking the answer inside, might lead us to adjustments in our career or vocation. They might suggest moving on, or intensifying our good motivations.

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