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| Weekly News Analysis
September 01 , 2001
Chiara Lubich on Globalization
Reciprocity a Key for Nations, Says Focolare Founder
SEPT. 1, 2001 (Zenit.org).- In this article, Chiara Lubich,
the founder of the Focolare Movement, gives a Christian viewpoint
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The Planet at a Juncture
By Chiara Lubich
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
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.
urgent need to reinterpret the meaning of reciprocity, a key
concept in international relations, is already commonly recognized in international
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
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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