Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 20 November 2017
by Paulina French “Ignorance, hatred and greed are killing nature” (Masanobu Fukuoka)
Yet it would also be mistaken to view other living beings as mere objects subjected to arbitrary human domination. When nature is viewed solely as a source of profit and gain, this has serious consequences for society. This vision of “might is right” has engendered immense inequality, injustice and acts of violence against the majority of humanity, since resources end up in the hands of the first comer or the most powerful: the winner takes all. Completely at odds with this model are the ideals of harmony, justice, fraternity and peace as proposed by Jesus. As he said of the powers of his own age: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant” (Mt 20:25-26). (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, n. 82)
I ask for the grace to recognise that there is so much inequality in our world and that I have a role to play in being a servant leader so that these inequalities are addressed.
Help me to use my role in society to drive a more equal society.