“Call it a conflict crisis but not a refugee crisis”. Thus were the words Maryanne Loughry, RSM used to make an audience of some 50 people @ BC aware that words are designing and hiding political concepts. If today Europe and moreover the whole world can no longer overlook the crisis notably in Syria, it is because people got a face and names. Too many people on the move had to die before politicians were willing to open their eyes. It were courageous citizens who broke the line of silence and helplessness. They went to the railway stations, they took their cars picking up people on the move alongside the european highways. They encountered women, men and children with names and faces. Wounded people found a smile and the caress of people who took care of them. The wounds inflicted on them in their homelands and recently by the European border guards are appalling and they tell the story of what we don’t want to see: The external root causes and the personal hopes bringing whole families, men and women, children and young people on the most dangerous roads of their life. They invest their naked life because they believe in a better future. Do we believe in a better future with them? They are part of the one human family. They are our brothers and sisters whatever faith, whatever hope, whatever dream drives them to start their journey for (their and our) humanity. Our today’s moral and legal instruments do not seem working anymore. Are we willing to open the box and enter the moral factory leaving behind our moral prejudices about refugees, about migrants, about our power to (not) change (anything)?
Pope Francis goes ahead! He is not afraid to unite what seems divided. He refers to the gospel and firmly believes into a great future for religious organisations, if they are open to change their structures of power as well as their sclerosed norms. Pope Francis believes that it is worth sowing peace even if one had to bite one’s tongue.
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“I believe that humans can get by without religion, but not without inner values, not without ethics. The difference between ethics and religion is like the difference between water and tea. Religion-based ethics and inner values are more like tea. The tea that we drink is made mostly of water, but it contains other ingredients as well – tea leaves, spices, perhaps a little sugar, and, at least in Tibet, a pinch of salt – and that makes it more substantial, more lasting, something we want to drink every day. Yet no matter how tea is prepared, its main ingredient is always water. We can live without tea, but not without water. Likewise, we are born without religion, but not without the basic need for compassion – and not without the fundamental need for water.”
Excerpt From: Dalai Lama, Franz Alt. “An Appeal by the Dalai Lama to the World – Ethics Are More Important Than Religion.” iBooks.
The Dalai Lama brings it to a simple analogy: Water is the main ingredient of tea even if we might be overwhelmed by the taste of the tea. But is the analogy right when applied to describe the relation between ethics and religion? A great question for a moral factory workshop!