A blog about the life & times of Jorge Bergoglio (aka Francis)
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
More Hasidic detritus from Francis’ mouth
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0:11[His Holiness Pope Francis Filmed in Vatican CityFirst shown at TED2017]
0:15Good evening – or, good morning, I am not sure what time it is there.Regardless of the hour, I am thrilled to be participating in your conference.I very much like its title – "The Future You" –because, while looking at tomorrow, it invites us to open a dialogue today,to look at the future through a "you.""The Future You:"the future is made of yous, it is made of encounters,because life flows through our relations with others.Quite a few years of lifehave strengthened my convictionthat each and everyone's existence is deeply tied to that of others:life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions.
1:27As I meet, or lend an ear to those who are sick,to the migrants who face terrible hardshipsin search of a brighter future,to prison inmates who carry a hell of pain inside their hearts,and to those, many of them young, who cannot find a job,I often find myself wondering:"Why them and not me?"I, myself, was born in a family of migrants;my father, my grandparents, like many other Italians,left for Argentinaand met the fate of those who are left with nothing.I could have very well ended up among today's "discarded" people.And that's why I always ask myself, deep in my heart:"Why them and not me?"
2:35First and foremost, I would love it if this meeting could help to remind usthat we all need each other,none of us is an island,an autonomous and independent "I," separated from the other,and we can only build the future by standing together, including everyone.We don’t think about it often, but everything is connected,and we need to restore our connections to a healthy state.Even the harsh judgment I hold in my heartagainst my brother or my sister,the open wound that was never cured, the offense that was never forgiven,the rancor that is only going to hurt me,are all instances of a fight that I carry within me,a flare deep in my heart that needs to be extinguishedbefore it goes up in flames, leaving only ashes behind.
3:38Many of us, nowadays,seem to believe that a happy future is something impossible to achieve.While such concerns must be taken very seriously,they are not invincible.They can be overcome when we don't lock our door to the outside world.Happiness can only be discoveredas a gift of harmony between the whole and each single component.Even science – and you know it better than I do –points to an understanding of realityas a place where every element connects and interacts with everything else.
4:27And this brings me to my second message.How wonderful would it beif the growth of scientific and technological innovationwould come along with more equality and social inclusion.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 attitudein political, economic and scientific choices,as well as in the relationships among individuals, peoples and countries.Only by educating people to a true solidaritywill we be able to overcomethe "culture of waste,"which doesn't concern only food and goodsbut, first and foremost, the peoplewho are cast aside by our techno-economic systemswhich, without even realizing it,are now putting products at their core, instead of people.
6:08Solidarity is a term that many wish to erase from the dictionary.Solidarity, however, is not an automatic mechanism.It cannot be programmed or controlled.It is a free response born from the heart of each and everyone.Yes, a free response!When one realizesthat life, even in the middle of so many contradictions, is a gift,that love is the source and the meaning of life,how can they withhold their urge to do good to another fellow being?
6:50In order to do good,we need memory, we need courage and we need creativity.And I know that TED gathers many creative minds.Yes, love does require a creative, concreteand ingenious attitude.Good intentions and conventional formulas,so often used to appease our conscience, are not enough.Let us help each other, all together, to rememberthat the other is not a statistic or a number.The other has a face.The "you" is always a real presence,a person to take care of.
7:52There is a parable Jesus told to help us understand the differencebetween those who'd rather not be bothered and those who take care of the other.I am sure you have heard it before. It is the Parable of the Good Samaritan.When Jesus was asked: "Who is my neighbor?" -namely, "Who should I take care of?" -he told this story, the story of a manwho had been assaulted, robbed, beaten and abandoned along a dirt road.Upon seeing him, a priest and a Levite, two very influential people of the time,walked past him without stopping to help.After a while, a Samaritan, a very much despised ethnicity at the time, walked by.Seeing the injured man lying on the ground,he did not ignore him as if he weren't even there.Instead, he felt compassion for this man,which compelled him to act in a very concrete manner.He poured oil and wine on the wounds of the helpless man,brought him to a hosteland paid out of his pocket for him to be assisted.
9:26The story of the Good Samaritan is the story of today’s humanity.People's paths are riddled with suffering,as everything is centered around money, and things, instead of people.And often there is this habit, by people who call themselves "respectable,"of not taking care of the others,thus leaving behind thousands of human beings, or entire populations,on the side of the road.Fortunately, there are also those who are creating a new worldby taking care of the other, even out of their own pockets.Mother Teresa actually said:"One cannot love, unless it is at their own expense."
10:26We have so much to do, and we must do it together.But how can we do that with all the evil we breathe every day?Thank God,no system can nullify our desire to open up to the good,to compassion and to our capacity to react against evil,all of which stem from deep within our hearts.Now you might tell me,"Sure, these are beautiful words,but I am not the Good Samaritan, nor Mother Teresa of Calcutta."On the contrary: we are precious, each and every one of us.Each and every one of us is irreplaceable in the eyes of God.Through the darkness of today's conflicts,each and every one of us can become a bright candle,a reminder that light will overcome darkness,and never the other way around.
11:27To Christians, the future does have a name,and its name is Hope.Feeling hopeful does not mean to be optimistically naïveand ignore the tragedy humanity is facing.Hope is the virtue of a heartthat doesn't lock itself into darkness, that doesn't dwell on the past,does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow.Hope is the door that opens onto the future.Hope is a humble, hidden seed of life that, with time, will develop into a large tree.It is like some invisible yeast that allows the whole dough to grow,that brings flavor to all aspects of life.And it can do so much,because a tiny flicker of light that feeds on hopeis enough to shatter the shield of darkness.A single individual is enough for hope to exist,and that individual can be you.And then there will be another "you," and another "you,"and it turns into an "us."And so, does hope begin when we have an "us?"No.Hope began with one "you."When there is an "us," there begins a revolution.
13:16The third message I would like to share todayis, indeed, about revolution: the revolution of tenderness. And what is tenderness?It is the love that comes close and becomes real.It is a movement that starts from our heartand reaches the eyes, the ears and the hands.Tenderness means to use our eyes to see the other,our ears to hear the other,to listen to the children, the poor, those who are afraid of the future.To listen also to the silent cry of our common home,of our sick and polluted earth.Tenderness means to use our hands and our heartto comfort the other,to take care of those in need.
14:13Tenderness is the language of the young children,of those who need the other.A child’s love for mom and dadgrows through their touch, their gaze, their voice, their tenderness.I like when I hear parentstalk to their babies, adapting to the little child,sharing the same level of communication.This is tenderness: being on the same level as the other.God himself descended into Jesus to be on our level.This is the same path the Good Samaritan took.This is the path that Jesus himself took.He lowered himself,he lived his entire human existencepracticing the real, concrete language of love.
15:23Yes, tenderness is the path of choicefor the strongest, most courageous men and women.Tenderness is not weakness; it is fortitude.It is the path of solidarity, the path of humility.Please, allow me to say it loud and clear:the more powerful you are,the more your actions will have an impact on people,the more responsible you are to act humbly.If you don’t, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other.There is a saying in Argentina:"Power is like drinking gin on an empty stomach."You feel dizzy, you get drunk, you lose your balance,and you will end up hurting yourself and those around you,if you don’t connect your power with humility and tenderness.Through humility and concrete love, on the other hand,power – the highest, the strongest one – becomes a service, a force for good.
16:52The future of humankind isn't exclusively in the hands of politicians,of great leaders, of big companies.Yes, they do hold an enormous responsibility.But the future is, most of all, in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a "you"and themselves as part of an "us."We all need each other.And so, please, think of me as well with tenderness,so that I can fulfill the task I have been givenfor the good of the other,of each and every one, of all of you,of all of us.Thank you.