I found this article written in Guardian, which I really liked, so I decided to create a thread on it. I can not copy-paste the whole article here,
but I would suggest anyone commenting here, reading it through
At least in my eyes, well-written.
Snowden showed us the educated and wealthy aren't entirely free. Francis reminds us the poor aren't even given a chance
The victory of the free markets has made empathy a bad word. It certainly is on Wall Street. You can't make money if you start asking how it is made,
who is being hurt, and who is being left behind. So rather than look at those left behind, those wielding economic power have slipped further into
their world of technology and luxury. Surrounding themselves by technological walls to complement the physical walls.
Snowden has reminded us that those technological walls have cracks. That nobody is completely free. It is a big revelation, but it's something those
living in poverty have viscerally known from birth. They know that many in this world are never even given a chance of freedom.Pope Francis asks that
all of us, especially those wielding economic power, start looking at the destructive effects of our current idolatry of money and rationality. Get
out of the technology cocoon and see what – who – has been left behind.
Snowden is combating the creeping influence of state power into technology. The Pope is combating the complete takeover of society by free markets,
the resulting death of empathy, and ultimately the soullessness of our current culture.
This year, it might have been a tough choice, but in my eyes, Pope Francis fully deserved getting the person of the year.
Privacy is a huge issue and Snowden revealed a lot, but at the end Pope Francis was one of the first major players around the world to address the
issue of poverty which is causing incredible suffering all around the world, even in the advanced countries, which will go significantly worse in the
As it was pointed out in the article (did not quote that part), there are siginificant problems around the world - there are people starving, having
to suffer diseases due to not having the finances/option of treatment, the power getting into the hands of the few is becoming larger and larger and
what people care about is whether somebody is snooping their facebook...
A person dies due to insurance company not backing up their claims, and the 2-point loss in the stock market gets the headlines...
Where is the empathy? The more I look around, the more I see the fellow man being forgotten, majority of the people figthing for themselves with zero
care for anybody else. As long as I get my pay, I don´t care... If somebody has to suffer for me getting my pay, its their fault. The higher of the
ladder we move, the less people tend to care. Money has become the God, something to worship and for many this piece of paper trumps the environment,
other human beings and everything else around them. It´s all about me, me and me.
That is just sad and disturbing to even think of and Pope Francis is addressing the issue and getting the headlines with it. That deserves respect.
Despite being a non-believer, the words of that pope towards societal issues are something every person should hear.
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