Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The Pope's impact
Continuing from this post on the impact of the upcoming Papal Encyclical:
See this NPR story. "He's also convinced it will have a far-reaching impact, encouraging Catholics to make major changes in what they consume and how they live their daily lives, and inspiring leaders of other religions to pick up the challenge. 'Religion is one of the few things that can motivate people to self-sacrifice — to give up their own self-interest for something else,' Reese says. 'This is going to be extremely important because people are not going to change their lifestyles to save the polar bears.'"
The Pope's words and deeds have far greater impact on humanity and the environment than the entire integral movement. He changes a lot of lives that are never reached by IT theory/practice, conveyor-belt wishful thinking notwithstanding. Engaging and changing political structures is a close second to impacting our world. Hence the likes of Sanders' attempts to enact the Pope's progressive agenda into law. In this regard I appreciate Terry Patten's social activism.