We need each other

I just spent 17 minutes listening to the Pope’s TED talk. While it might be difficult to “spare” 17 minutes from whatever it is that’s filling your time, I encourage you to find them.  It will be a gift that you give to yourself.  Find a quiet place, push play. He speaks in Italian but delivers his words with such care that I wondered if somehow I learned a new language in my sleep (there are subtitles in many languages.) I confess to being no fan of the Catholic church over the years but I felt enveloped with a tenderness so rich, so deep, so real that all of the voices in my head went quiet. His message is for people of all faiths – one of hope, connectedness and tenderness. He calls for a revolution of tenderness. And, he challenges us to pair science and technology with equality and social justice.

How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us. How wonderful would it be if solidarity, this beautiful and, at times, inconvenient word, were not simply reduced to social work, and became, instead, the default attitude in political, economic and scientific choices, as well as in the relationships among individuals, peoples and countries.

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