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My treasure

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Think about the generation immediately younger or older than you. What do you understand least about them — and what can you learn from them?

Old people are a treasure. They give us our memories, our history, our roots. They have the experience. They may be no longer active and may be sick and in need of help for everything, but they are members of our society we have to respect as they did in the past. Show respect to your elders.

I remember I read months ago some words by Pope Francis saying how sad is that “we live in times when the elderly don’t count. It’s unpleasant to say it, but the elderly are put to one side because they are considered a nuisance. However, the Pope continued, old people are those who tell us the history of things, who carry forward the faith and give it to us to inherit”.

The Pope went on to say that a society that does not take care for and respect the elderly “does not have a future because it doesn’t have memories”.

My experience is a bit special. We were in a foreign country, unable for a long time to go back to our homeland. We were strangers in a strange land. To me, my parents were my homeland. Thanks to them I knew about my roots, my history, I learned my faith and I learned to love my homeland from the distance. They gave me so much love. Now is my turn. My Dad already died. I’m now taking care of my Mom, hoping to give her the same love she gave me. She is my treasure.

Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ.
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Reverse greed

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Imagine, in great detail, an invention that could help reverse pollution — describe for us how your invention works and how it will help save the planet.

I have no imagination for this. Sorry. Seriously. I guess there are well prepared people working on it. I’m not a scientist or an engineer to have a great and original idea about what to do in such a serious matter. And I guess nobody would look for it precisely in this blog.

I only can think in the common responsibility we all have to preserve nature. I just read today a Pope Francis’ message in which he writes about “the legitimacy of interventions on nature if these are meant to be beneficial and are performed responsibly, that is to say, by acknowledging the “grammar” inscribed in nature and by wisely using resources for the benefit of all, with respect for the beauty, finality and usefulness of every living being and its place in the ecosystem.” “Nature, in a word, — he says — is at our disposition and we are called to exercise a responsible stewardship over it. Yet so often we are driven by greed and by the arrogance of dominion, possession, manipulation and exploitation; we do not preserve nature; nor do we respect it or consider it a gracious gift which we must care for and set at the service of our brothers and sisters, including future generations.”  Good description.

We can invent wonderful gadgets anti pollution, but to find a sustainable solution to the problem, what we need is to reverse the greed, the arrogance of dominion, possession, manipulation and exploitation of so many powerful human beings with power and money to decide. And that’s another very different question.  

Daily Prompt: Necessity is the Mother of Invention.