“In this complicated and often confusing world, Pope Francis has become possibly the only moral voice capable of reaching people across boundaries and providing clarity and a compelling message of hope.” – TED International Curator, Bruno Giussani
Perhaps by now you have seen that a very special guest presented in one of TED Talk’s most recent events. Pope Francis addressed a Vancouver audience after a year of secret communication and careful planning. On Tuesday, April 25th, TED2017 published a recording of the pope at his home in Vatican City for their conference, “The Future You.”
Pope Francis began by sharing,
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 conviction that each and everyone’s existence is deeply tied to that of others: life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions.
The pope’s theme of a person-centric look into the future pervaded his talk as he shared three main messages:
None of us is an island – We need each other
The human experience is not meant to be lived alone. We can only build a future where we include the other. A happy future…
“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.”
Science and technological growth should bring about inclusion
Pope Francis spent a great portion of his speech on encouraging the world to move to a spirit of solidarity. He referenced the story of the Good Samaritan and the legacy of Mother Teresa to illustrate the need to love at one’s own expense. He brought to light those who are suffering, those without work, those who are forgotten and how often our efforts are “reduced to social work”. Instead he encouraged listeners to be creative in helping the other.
“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 systems which, without even realizing it, are now putting products at their core, instead of people.”
Incite a revolution of tenderness – The future needs humility
Perhaps the pope’s most powerful message from this TED Talk was the call to tenderness. He explains how tenderness is not a weakness, but for the world’s strongest men and women. He compares such strength to that of the incarnation. God made himself humble, entering into humanity to bring about good.
“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.”
Let us continue to pray and thank God for our Holy Father, who pours himself into the heart of His people by engaging with the modern world.