8/22/06

Is ecocentrism a word?

True development cannot consist in the simple accumulation of wealth and in the greater availability of goods and services, if this is gained at the expense of the development of the masses, and without due consideration for the social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of the human being.

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As the Letter of Saint James pointedly reminds us: 'What causes wars, and what causes fightings among you? Is it not your passions that are at war in your members? You desire and you do not have' (James 4:1-2)

On the contrary, in a different world, ruled by concern for the common good of all humanity, or by concern for the 'spiritual and human development of all' instead of by the quest for individual profit, peace would be possible as the result of a 'more perfect justice among people'.

- Pope John Paul II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (On Social Concern), 1987