Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Greatest Threat

"The greatest threat to the next generation is excessive capitalism and the death of persons not yet born."
Pope John Paul II (or as I like to refer to him: John Paul the Great - check out Penny Noonan's bio on the champion!)

Why do you figure he picks those two?


michelle said...

I'd guess (if you were looking for actual responses) that he said capitalism because it breeds greediness and uses up the resources for essentially the entire world. Plus, its easy to stop caring about it when it affects my gas tank, size of my house, my entertainment, my wallet, yada yada yada.
Abortion because its already killed off, what? Like 1/3 of my generation? It also puts it out there that life isn't anything special, or something to be preserved, breeding more selfishness for the living, etc. Just a guess.

Mary Parks said...

Excessive capitalism emphasizes a focus on the, the WANTS, of self and directs any attention away from others. This continues in a vicious cycle, continually focusing more and more on self-indulgence.

Like Michelle said above, abortion has killed off upwards of, if not over 30% of our generation. Fostered by a lack of respect for the very origins of life, this disrespect filters into every aspect. In addition, there are very real potential physical consequences stemming from that choice, such as the potential for future infertility, miscarriages, etc. Statistics that I found (can't find the link right now, unfortunately) said that: 54% of women getting an abortion are younger than 25 years old, and 19% are teenagers.


Danielle said...

Good answers... love to hear more.
What can we do to head the warning of the prophetic voice of the late pope?

I think it's interesting he said 'excessive' capitalism and didn't get caught in the trap of thinking capitalism itself is the enemy.

Anyone seen the new movie Children of Men? Great movie on the value of life... some good dialogue to have after a viewing...


Anonymous said...

I may be mistaken but I think the 'excessive' in 'excessive capitalism' wasn't quantifying an economic system but rather refering to its (during his tenure)growing international application.