Reading Laudato Si’ - #122-123

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122. … When human beings place themselves at the center, they give absolute priority to immediate convenience and all else becomes relative.. …

123. ... The culture of relativism … drives one person to take advantage of another, to treat others as mere objects, … absence of objective truths or sound principles other than the satisfaction of our own desires and immediate needs, … “use and throw away” logic generates so much waste, … the culture itself is corrupt ...


Life in a pluralistic society demands a certain amount of tolerance of different values, different ways of doing things. Many values and ways of doing things are relative to culture. When does tolerance stop? What are the objective truths? Who decides what they are? 


Consider the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. Read this explanation. Consider the link between human rights and the environment. (See the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment) Do animals also have rights?

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