Charity In Truth: Chapter 3 Essay

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“Charity in truth places man before the astonishing experience of gift. Gratuitousness is present in our lives in many different forms, which often go unrecognized because of a purely consumerist and utilitarian view of life”. The pope is stating in Chapter 3 how we can be perfectly self sufficient on our own, but helping others is more important. We are practicing original sin and don’t even realize it, we are ignorant to the facts around us because of the economy we have been brought up in.“The conviction that man is self-sufficient and can successfully eliminate the evil present in history by his own action alone has led him to confuse happiness and salvation with immanent forms of material prosperity and social action. Then, the conviction that the economy must be autonomous, that it must be shielded from “influences” of a moral character, has led man to abuse the economic process in a thoroughly destructive way”. This is affecting us in the long term, crushing social systems and personal freedoms and is not bringing us the justice we need in society.People are being blinded by the material possessions we see all around us, and are not staying away from the original sin of greed. This is toppling society and is hurting everyone in that society. The Pope has Charity in truth be a stepping stone to build communities and to bring people of different races together, and to have people help each other, and not just themselves. Our problems will not be solved because of numbers and statistics, we need to look into our hearts and do the right things.“Economic activity cannot solve all social problems through the simple application of commercial logic. This needs to be directed towards the pursuit of the common good, for which the political community in particular must also take responsibility”. Political actions...

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