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  • Translator: Elena Montrasio Reviewer: TED Translators admin

  • [His Holiness Pope Francis Filmed in Vatican City

  • First shown at TED2017]

  • Good eveningor, good morning, I am not sure what time it is there.

  • Regardless of the hour, I am thrilled to be participating in your conference.

  • I very much like its title – "The Future You" –

  • because, while looking at tomorrow, it invites us to open a dialogue today,

  • to look at the future through a "you."

  • "The Future You:"

  • the future is made of yous, it is made of encounters,

  • because life flows through our relations with others.

  • Quite a few years of life

  • have strengthened my conviction

  • that each and everyone's existence is deeply tied to that of others:

  • life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions.

  • As I meet, or lend an ear to those who are sick,

  • to the migrants who face terrible hardships

  • in search of a brighter future,

  • to prison inmates who carry a hell of pain inside their hearts,

  • and to those, many of them young, who cannot find a job,

  • I often find myself wondering:

  • "Why them and not me?"

  • I, myself, was born in a family of migrants;

  • my father, my grandparents, like many other Italians,

  • left for Argentina

  • and met the fate of those who are left with nothing.

  • I could have very well ended up among today's "discarded" people.

  • And that's why I always ask myself, deep in my heart:

  • "Why them and not me?"

  • First and foremost, I would love it if this meeting could help to remind us

  • that we all need each other,

  • none of us is an island,

  • an autonomous and independent "I," separated from the other,

  • and we can only build the future by standing together, including everyone.

  • We don't think about it often, but everything is connected,

  • and we need to restore our connections to a healthy state.

  • Even the harsh judgment I hold in my heart

  • against my brother or my sister,

  • the open wound that was never cured, the offense that was never forgiven,

  • the rancor that is only going to hurt me,

  • are all instances of a fight that I carry within me,

  • a flare deep in my heart that needs to be extinguished

  • before it goes up in flames, leaving only ashes behind.

  • Many of us, nowadays,

  • seem to believe that a happy future is something impossible to achieve.

  • While such concerns must be taken very seriously,

  • they are not invincible.

  • They can be overcome when we don't lock our door to the outside world.

  • Happiness can only be discovered

  • as a gift of harmony between the whole and each single component.

  • Even scienceand you know it better than I do

  • points to an understanding of reality

  • as a place where every element connects and interacts with everything else.

  • And this brings me to my second message.

  • How wonderful would it be

  • if the growth of scientific and technological innovation

  • would come along with more equality and social inclusion.

  • How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets,

  • to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us.

  • How wonderful would it be if solidarity,

  • this beautiful and, at times, inconvenient word,

  • were not simply reduced to social work,

  • and became, instead, the default attitude

  • in political, economic and scientific choices,

  • as well as in the relationships among individuals, peoples and countries.

  • Only by educating people to a true solidarity

  • will we be able to overcome

  • the "culture of waste,"

  • which doesn't concern only food and goods

  • but, first and foremost, the people

  • who are cast aside by our techno-economic systems

  • which, without even realizing it,

  • are now putting products at their core, instead of people.

  • Solidarity is a term that many wish to erase from the dictionary.

  • Solidarity, however, is not an automatic mechanism.

  • It cannot be programmed or controlled.

  • It is a free response born from the heart of each and everyone.

  • Yes, a free response!

  • When one realizes

  • that life, even in the middle of so many contradictions, is a gift,

  • that love is the source and the meaning of life,

  • how can they withhold their urge to do good to another fellow being?

  • In order to do good,

  • we need memory, we need courage and we need creativity.

  • And I know that TED gathers many creative minds.

  • Yes, love does require a creative, concrete

  • and ingenious attitude.

  • Good intentions and conventional formulas,

  • so often used to appease our conscience, are not enough.

  • Let us help each other, all together, to remember

  • that the other is not a statistic or a number.

  • The other has a face.

  • The "you" is always a real presence,

  • a person to take care of.

  • There is a parable Jesus told to help us understand the difference

  • between those who'd rather not be bothered and those who take care of the other.

  • I am sure you have heard it before. It is the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

  • When Jesus was asked: "Who is my neighbor?" -

  • namely, "Who should I take care of?" -

  • he told this story, the story of a man

  • who had been assaulted, robbed, beaten and abandoned along a dirt road.

  • Upon seeing him, a priest and a Levite, two very influential people of the time,

  • walked past him without stopping to help.

  • After a while, a Samaritan, a very much despised ethnicity at the time, walked by.

  • Seeing the injured man lying on the ground,

  • he did not ignore him as if he weren't even there.

  • Instead, he felt compassion for this man,

  • which compelled him to act in a very concrete manner.

  • He poured oil and wine on the wounds of the helpless man,

  • brought him to a hostel

  • and paid out of his pocket for him to be assisted.

  • The story of the Good Samaritan is the story of today's humanity.

  • People's paths are riddled with suffering,

  • as everything is centered around money, and things, instead of people.

  • And often there is this habit, by people who call themselves "respectable,"

  • of not taking care of the others,

  • thus leaving behind thousands of human beings, or entire populations,

  • on the side of the road.

  • Fortunately, there are also those who are creating a new world

  • by taking care of the other, even out of their own pockets.

  • Mother Teresa actually said:

  • "One cannot love, unless it is at their own expense."

  • We have so much to do, and we must do it together.

  • But how can we do that with all the evil we breathe every day?

  • Thank God,

  • no system can nullify our desire to open up to the good,

  • to compassion and to our capacity to react against evil,

  • all of which stem from deep within our hearts.

  • Now you might tell me,

  • "Sure, these are beautiful words,

  • but I am not the Good Samaritan, nor Mother Teresa of Calcutta."

  • On the contrary: we are precious, each and every one of us.

  • Each and every one of us is irreplaceable in the eyes of God.

  • Through the darkness of today's conflicts,

  • each and every one of us can become a bright candle,

  • a reminder that light will overcome darkness,

  • and never the other way around.

  • To Christians, the future does have a name,

  • and its name is Hope.

  • Feeling hopeful does not mean to be optimistically naïve

  • and ignore the tragedy humanity is facing.

  • Hope is the virtue of a heart

  • that doesn't lock itself into darkness, that doesn't dwell on the past,

  • does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow.

  • Hope is the door that opens onto the future.

  • Hope is a humble, hidden seed of life

  • that, with time, will develop into a large tree.

  • It is like some invisible yeast that allows the whole dough to grow,

  • that brings flavor to all aspects of life.

  • And it can do so much,

  • because a tiny flicker of light that feeds on hope

  • is enough to shatter the shield of darkness.

  • A single individual is enough for hope to exist,

  • and that individual can be you.

  • And then there will be another "you," and another "you,"

  • and it turns into an "us."

  • And so, does hope begin when we have an "us?"

  • No.

  • Hope began with one "you."

  • When there is an "us," there begins a revolution.

  • The third message I would like to share today

  • is, indeed, about revolution: the revolution of tenderness.

  • And what is tenderness?

  • It is the love that comes close and becomes real.

  • It is a movement that starts from our heart

  • and reaches the eyes, the ears and the hands.

  • Tenderness means to use our eyes to see the other,

  • our ears to hear the other,

  • to listen to the children, the poor, those who are afraid of the future.

  • To listen also to the silent cry of our common home,

  • of our sick and polluted earth.

  • Tenderness means to use our hands and our heart

  • to comfort the other,

  • to take care of those in need.

  • Tenderness is the language of the young children,

  • of those who need the other.

  • A child's love for mom and dad

  • grows through their touch, their gaze, their voice, their tenderness.

  • I like when I hear parents

  • talk to their babies, adapting to the little child,

  • sharing the same level of communication.

  • This is tenderness: being on the same level as the other.

  • God himself descended into Jesus to be on our level.

  • This is the same path the Good Samaritan took.

  • This is the path that Jesus himself took.

  • He lowered himself,

  • he lived his entire human existence

  • practicing the real, concrete language of love.

  • Yes, tenderness is the path of choice

  • for the strongest, most courageous men and women.

  • Tenderness is not weakness; it is fortitude.

  • It is the path of solidarity, the path of humility.

  • Please, allow me to say it loud and clear:

  • the more powerful you are,

  • the more your actions will have an impact on people,

  • the more responsible you are to act humbly.

  • If you don't, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other.

  • There is a saying in Argentina:

  • "Power is like drinking gin on an empty stomach."

  • You feel dizzy, you get drunk, you lose your balance,

  • and you will end up hurting yourself and those around you,

  • if you don't connect your power with humility and tenderness.

  • Through humility and concrete love, on the other hand,

  • powerthe highest, the strongest onebecomes a service, a force for good.

  • The future of humankind isn't exclusively in the hands of politicians,

  • of great leaders, of big companies.

  • Yes, they do hold an enormous responsibility.

  • But the future is, most of all, in the hands of those people

  • who recognize the other as a "you"

  • and themselves as part of an "us."

  • We all need each other.

  • And so, please, think of me as well with tenderness,

  • so that I can fulfill the task I have been given

  • for the good of the other,

  • of each and every one, of all of you,

  • of all of us.

  • Thank you.

Translator: Elena Montrasio Reviewer: TED Translators admin

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