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September 01 , 2001

Chiara Lubich on Globalization
Reciprocity a Key for Nations, Says Focolare Founder

ROME, SEPT. 1, 2001 (Zenit.org).- In this article, Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Focolare Movement, gives a Christian viewpoint on globalization.

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The Planet at a Juncture
By Chiara Lubich

The globalization under way at the dawn of this third millennium could result in humanity attaining a level of maturity never before reached. A new era is about to begin; a new world is struggling to be born.

But it requires a soul: love.

John Paul II says, "Humanity is at a crossroad. Which civilization will it impose on its future? Whether we build a civilization of love or transform egoism into a system of incivility depends on us."

In my contacts with individuals and groups representing the various religions, races and cultures, I have discovered that love is imprinted in the DNA of every human being. It is the most reliable, fruitful and powerful force for uniting the entire human family. But it requires a total paradigm shift of hearts, mentality and choices.

The urgent need to reinterpret the meaning of reciprocity, a key concept in international relations, is already commonly recognized in international life.

These are times in which each nation and people must extend its gaze ever farther beyond its own boundaries until it can love other nations as itself.

Reciprocity between peoples could then overcome the old and new forms of taking sides and seeking profit so as to establish relations among all that are free of conditions and self-interest, because the other is seen as "another self," part of the same human family. Then, following this line of thinking, projects for disarmament, development and cooperation can be planned.

Such reciprocity can make every nation, even the poorest, a protagonist in international life, in the sharing of poverty and wealth; not only in emergency situations, but on the everyday basis.

Identity and potential can flourish if they are put at the disposal of other nations and peoples, with respect for diversity and in a spirit of reciprocal exchange.

If we as individuals, and those in governments do our part, then we can indeed dream of establishing a single global community.

Is this a utopia?

Jesus was the first to sow the seeds for globalization when he said, "May they all be one." He also made us capable of loving with a love that has the power to restore the unity of the human family while respecting the diversity of its members.

If we open our eyes, we will discover many "laboratories" disseminated throughout the world, already creating this "new humanity."

Has the moment come to carry out this project on a planetary scale?

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Other texts of Chiara Lubich on globalization are at http://www.focolare.org/en/sif/2001/20010728e_a.html.



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