Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Pope's TED Talk

Two weeks ago, the attendees at the annual TED conference (TED2017) in Vancouver, British Columbia, were surprised by the unannounced speaker who appeared -- Pope Francis!  In a talk recorded at the Vatican in April and shown on screen at the conference, the Holy Father called for a "revolution of tenderness," and spoke of "why the only future worth building includes everyone."  Because many of the people in the audience were "key players" in the global technology industry, Pope Francis directed a portion of his message toward them:  "How wonderful it would be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and social inclusion.  How wonderful it would be, while we discover faraway planets, to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us.  How wonderful it would 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."  Click here to view this talk, which is about 18 minutes long, but well worth the time it takes to view!

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