Now, consider this:
As I meet, or lend an ear to those who are sick, to the migrants who face terrible hardships in 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?"How about this?
Good intentions and conventional formulas, so often used to appease our conscience, are not enough. Let us help each other, all together, to remember that 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.The other has a face. What if that face is you? What if you are the one who needs help?
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."[Each] and everyone's existence is deeply tied to that of others." Right?
I was quoting the Pope throughout. Yes, that Pope. And in a TED talk!
Atheist I am, yes. But, it does seem to me that what I really care about is in line with the Pope's message. And, a good chunk of the 63 million who are bible-thumpers, including Catholics, apparently are then contradicting the Pope's interpretation of what Jesus's teachings mean.
No wonder the Pope in one of his previous messages said “But to be a Catholic like that, it’s better to be an atheist.”
I will wrap this up with the Pope's own words from his TED talk:
The 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.