“You young people are the first: Go against the tide and have the daring to move precisely against the current. Forward, be brave and go against the tide! And be proud of doing so.” –Pope Francis
This afternoon I was looking through the Vatican’s website and stumbled across this quote by Pope Francis. I wonder what he meant when he encouraged young people to “move against the current.” In which direction is the current currently moving? Why is it moving in that direction? What particular aspects of that current do young people need to question? At first, a few typical controversial issues came to mind: abortion, homosexual marriage, secularization, gender and sex, and the commodity culture. Upon more consideration, though, I think that there is a different current against which we need to fight–the current of ignorance. How many people on both sides of the pro-life/pro-choice divide have read a few books from the other’s point of view? How many people on both sides of the religious/non-religious divide have explored the other’s perspective? There are certainly a few, and they are admirable. However, I daresay that most of us–including myself–are not educated enough to formulate complex opinions on these topics. Let’s aim to understand each other before we judge each other. I’ll end with the following quote from Matthew’s gospel: “You, hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’seye,” (Matthew 7:5).
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