Review & Empathy on Pope’s vision of ‘The Future is You’

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His Holiness Pope Francis:
Why the only future worth building includes everyone
TED2017 · 17:52 · Filmed Apr 2017
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Translated by Elena Montrasio

Reviewed by TED Open Translation
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 life have 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.
1:27 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?” I, myself, was born in a family of migrants; my father, my grandparents, like many other Italians, left for Argentina and 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 us that 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 heart against 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.
3:38 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 discovered as 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 reality as a place where every element connects and interacts with everything else.
4:27 How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would 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 attitude in political, economic and scientific choices, as well as in the relationships among individuals, peoples and countries. Only by educating people to a true solidarity will we be able to overcome the “culture of waste,” which doesn’t concern only food and goods but, first and foremost, the people who are cast aside by our techno-economic systemswhich, without even realizing it, are now putting products at their core, instead of people.
6:08 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 realizes that 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?
6:50 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, concrete and 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 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.
7:52 between 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 man who 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 hostel and paid out of his pocket for him to be assisted.
9:26 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 world by 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 naïve and 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 hope is 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.
13:16 is, 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 heart and 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 heart to comfort the other, to take care of those in need.
14:13 A child’s love for mom and dad grows through their touch, their gaze, their voice, their tenderness. I like when I hear parents talk 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 existence practicing the real, concrete language of love.
15:23 for 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 given for the good of the other, of each and every one, of all of you, of all of us. Thank you.
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*Globalization 그 후 과제(Problem)

21세기의 세계화는 지구촌 교역과 경제 사회면에서 지난 세기와는 비교할 수 없는 속도로 가까와지고, 교역과 왕래가 급속히 증가하며 경제적 교역의 크기는 더더욱 커지고, 교육과 환경도 양에서 질로 확대되며, 여성과 청년의 권익도 자연스레 강화되는 등 인류문명사에 커다란 획을 그을만큼 양적인 성장을 이루었다. 그러나 아직도 지구촌 남과 북의 빈부격차, 동과 서의 가치관의 차이, 그리고 해묵은 민족이나 종교갈등, 정치권력의 혁명, 시민세력의 급성장 등으로 각종 테러와 국경충돌, 정치,사회분열 등의 다양한 갈등과 충돌에 직면하게 된다. 게다가 차세대 주역이 될 Milenial Generation 이 성년이 되면서 이와 맞물려 개인과 개인의 소통 혁명이라할 스마트폰 문화가 도입되면서 최근 10년간 엄청난 속도와 규모의 문화경제적, 정치사회적 변화를 맞이하게 되었다.
*밀레니얼 세대와의 소통노력이 미래를 위한 사회적합의를 이끈다

흥미로운 것은, 새로운 문명이기인 스마트폰이 지구촌 인류의 행동양식마저 변화를 시킨 점이다. 스마트 문명이라는 SNS 환경에서 밀레니얼 세대 ( Generación milenaria , 1994출생세대)는 개인중시/ 속도중시/ 표피적 대인소통관계/ 게임 중독세대 등의 다양한 특징을 지니며 지난 부모세대와의 현격한 행동과 인식의 차이를 드러낸다. 양성평등과 청년실업의 시기이지만 세계로 눈을 돌려 베낭여행도 하고 NGO에 가입하여 이웃과 나누는 삶을 좋아하는 청년들도 많다,
*UN의 여성/청소년 권익강화 Agenda

UN은 여성과 청소년의 발언권과 지위향상 그리고 인재육성등의 프로그램을 강화하려 지난 10년간 애쓰고 있다. 이렇듯 복잡한 문화환경 속에서 저마다 SNS를 통한 국경없는 소통에 빠져들고, 다양한 의견과 불만을 표출하며 심지어는 국가권력을 위협할만한 영향력을 행사하고 있다. 한편, 여전히 광범위한 지역에서 여성학대, 지위와 역할의 불균형, 차별 등으로 고통받는 문화가 존재하고, 청년실업등의 문제는 OECD 국가인 우리나라마저도 10% 가까운 실업률로 그 어려움이 극명하게 드러난다. 청년이 희망을 잃고 비전을 잃는 나라는 미래가 불안하다. 2만불시대에서 오랫동안 정체한 우리나라가 경제적 성장만을 우선시한 자유시장 자본주의 경쟁체제에서 복지마저 확보되는 선진사회체제로 발돋움하기 위한 Chasm 그 간극을 메우는 일…그러한 경제적 도약도 당면한 과제이지만 높은 자살률과 불행지수는 우리 사회의 구조적으로 낙후된 현실을 잘 드러내고 있다.
* 21세기는 청년의 힘으로 해결해야하는 과제가 있다.

현재 지구촌 청년의 수효는 약 18억 이들 중 사하라 이남의 아프리카인 중 3억8000 인구가 SNS가 가능하고 어제 INSTAGRAM 가입자는 7억명을 돌파하였다. 대부분 Instant삶의 행태가 특징인 청년들에 관심갖는 이유는 바로 이들이 이전 세대가 고속 문명성장의 부작용 (Side effect) 이라 할 경제/사회 부조리와 환경오염, 기후협약 등의 지구촌 현안 우선 순위의 과제들을 해결해야할 큰 과제를 떠안고 살아야 하기 때문이다.
일언하면, 기성세대가 이들의 쪽박마저 깨어버려선 안되지 않는가. 가난에서 여유로움으로 기성세대가 재미를 봤다면…우리의 아들 손자들을 위해 무엇을 남기고, 무엇을 희생할 수 있을까? 어떤 토대를 만들어 주어야 원할한 릴레이가 가능하여 미래로 미래로 도약할 수 있게 하는가?
* 차기 지도자의 의무와 역할 -듣고 또 듣고…시혜가 아닌 나눔으로, 권위가 아닌 봉민의 정신으로!
2017년 대선을 앞두고 대선후보들은 밀레니얼 세대의 주역인 청년을 위해 정책비전으로 일자리 창출 제안을 거침없이 주장한다. 표심을 겨냥해서일까? 거시적 고민의 해결책일까.

그러나 묻자.

지금 미래의 주역인 청소년들에게 필요한 것이 당장의 일자리 제안일까 아니면 다른 어떤 가치이어서 그들이 지속가능한 생산 능력을 찾게 돕는 것일까?
*청년연단- 차세대 주역인 청년들과 소통하는 미디어. 글로벌 청년들과의 자유로운 IDEA Forum.
*”나 하나의 문제로도 바쁘고 골치아픈데…”라는 밀레니얼 청년세대에게 “내 이웃과 함께 하는 사회를 만들려는 리더쉽과 각성은 현재의 학교, 교실에서 배울 수 있는 것이 아니다.”
청년들에게 현재 필요한 것은 자신의 능력을 육성하고, 잘못된 배움을 바로잡아 스스로 원하는 일자리를 찾아내는 능력… 21세기에 필요한 Unlearn Movement는 이렇게 구상되었다.
-어떤 일자리가 아니라

-내가 무엇으로 행복할까 THINK DEEP하며

-12시간 이상 밤새워 열공 열일하는 Work Hard가 아니라

-자유롭고 행복한 상태에서 Work Smart하며 이웃과 나누며 사는 삶을 찾자는 것.

그것이 강한 나라가 되기 위한 청년들의 리더쉽, 인재교육이 지향하는 21세기 교육의 한 실천방법이 될 수 있지 않겠는가.
8세기 혜초가16세 나이로 세상을 나가 역사의 인물로 남듯 스스로 자각하여 자신만의 역할을 찾는 그런 멘토링이 절실하게 요구도는 시대이다
WCO 세계시민기구와 함께 구상하는 <청년연단> 그리고 <UNLEARN Research & Academy> 는 21세기의 난제는 그 21세기 주역들이 스스로 풀어갈 수 있도록 앞선 세대 석학들과의 몐토링과 소통을 통한 21세기 개방형 글로벌 청년Forum/Fora 이며 DMZ Unipeace City.DHR 을 구축할 미래 세계시민들의 소통의 미디어이다.

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