The Covid-19 pandemic can help us, as Pope Francis
writes, to regain “the sense that we are a global community, all in the same
boat”, and it is to be hoped that, instead of exacerbating the nationalistic
dangers already manifested in recent years, on a European and global level, it
can push us to relaunch “a universal aspiration to fraternity”.
From healthcare to the economy: the excluded people
closest to us.
The second point that
struck me concerns the attention to the excluded people in our local social
context. Those who are excluded were recently highlighted by the pandemic
emergency, because they were, for example, neglected in healthcare or lacking
in economic protection. But also in general, the discarded are those who are, as
Francis writes, “not yet useful”, the eliminated unborn, or those who are “no
longer needed”, among the elderly. And then there are the poor, the disabled,
and those considered inferior because of their ethnicity or gender. Without
forgetting those who are the object of modern forms of slavery.
Much consideration has been given to effective
economic rules for growth, but not so much to integral human development. This
creates categories of excluded people with whom we all come into contact in our
daily reality, whose dignity is in danger of being forgotten. “Some parts of our
human family, it appears, can be readily sacrificed for the sake of others
considered worthy of a carefree existence. Ultimately, “persons are no longer seen
as a paramount value to be cared for and respected”.