This section contains all of Luigino Bruni's editorials of the series entitled "Regenerations" published in Avvenire from 26th July 2015

The Kingdom belongs to all the poor

Regenerations/13 - Both Saint Francis and Job are inhabitants in it. Just as children.

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 25/10/2015

Logo rigenerazioni ridAh you don't want to,
you're scared
of poverty,
you don't want
to go to the market with worn-out shoes
and come back with the same old dress.
My love, we are not fond
as the rich would like us to be,
of misery. We
shall extract it like an evil tooth
that up to now has bitten the heart of man."

Pablo NerudaPoverty (English translation by Donald D. Walsh)

For two millennia the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ has been trying to resist the attacks of those who have tried to reduce it to something else, to turn it into ridicule or an unnecessary comforting exercise. This fight against the simple radicalism of the beatitudes is particularly clear and strong in the case of the blessedness of the poor.

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The Gift of the Second Name

Regenerations/12 - Believe it or not, in working for peace you can meet the Father

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 18/10/2015

Logo rigenerazioni ridFor I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."

Saint Paul, Letter to the Romans, 8

There are many wars being fought on our planet, in our cities, in our neighbourhoods. The weapons are many and varied, but all of them produce only dead or wounded people and destruction. The millennia pass, but a brother continues to repeat to his brother "we go to the fields."

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The serious happiness of tears

Regenerations/11 - We all go through suffering and can rise again

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 11/10/2015

Logo rigenerazioni ridThen shall the young women rejoice in the dance, 
and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy; 
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow."

Jeremiah 31,13

The happiness promised by the Beatitudes is not the one promoted and promised by our culture. It has little to do with pleasure, it is not the good (eu) daemon (daimon), it blooms from pain. We can also get pleasure from the things of life if the pursuit of pleasure does not become the only thing in life. Because if we confuse happiness with pleasure we end up having neither the one nor the other.

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The lesser known beatitudes

Regenerations/10 - are written in the lives of the righteous just as they are in the Gospel

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 04/10/2015

Logo rigenerazioni ridIf I am guilty, woe to me! If I am in the right, I cannot lift up my head, for I am filled with disgrace and look on my affliction."

The Book of Job, 10,15.

Hunger and thirst may take many forms. They may be for food and water, but there are those for beauty, truth, love and prayer. One can suffer and die for severe shortage of bread and because of drought, but many suffer and sometimes die because of the ugliness of hospitals and schools, because they live in places filled with lies, because they do not love and are not loved, because we look inside ourselves in hard times seeking spiritual resources and we do not find anything and are unable to listen and talk to the spirit that lives within us and nourishes us.

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The persecution of the not-yet

Regenerations/9 - Laws, just like clothes, often get tight and worn-out

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 27/09/2015

Logo rigenerazioni ridAll that does not regenerate, degenerates."

Edgar Morin, Education for the Future

There exists the justice of the already and the justice of the not-yet. Justice grows, evolves and devolves over time, according to the moral sense of the people, cultures and generations. The statement "It's not fair", repeated by individuals and communities, is the prime mover of any widening of horizons of justice, and thus, humanity.

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The intelligence of meek hands

Regenerations/8 - The logic of the beatitudes is revealed in trials of life and in struggling businesses

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 20/09/2015

Logo rigenerazioni ridThe Beatitudes are not virtues, they are not an ethical discourse about human actions. Instead, they are the recognition that the poor, the meek, the pure in heart do exist in the world, just as those who cry, those who are persecuted for righteousness and the merciful. And they are called 'blessed'.

The Beatitudes are above all a revelation, the lifting of the veil to see a deeper, truer face of reality than the one it shows. The gospel does not present an ethics of virtue (as it was already there), but it gives and reveals to us the humanism of the beatitudes (that is not there yet, and so it can come at any time). If we really understood and lived the logic of the Beatitudes, we should go to the streets, squares, businesses, immigration camps, look around and repeat with and like Jesus of Nazareth: "blessed, blessed...".

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Purity is a collapsed wall

Regenerations/7 - Beyond the times of the sand, to the house of the Beatitudes

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 13/09/2015

Logo rigenerazioni ridThe poverty of joy that Europe and the West has been suffering for long now is a direct result of forgetting the logic and wisdom of the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes embody and express all the values ​​discarded and despised by capitalism and so from our world that is increasingly built in the image and likeness of the Business God.

Meekness, peace-building, poverty, mercy, purity are not the words of the capitalist economy and its finances, because if we take them seriously we should destroy our empires of sand and start building the house of the man of the beatitudes. Not surprisingly, in these tragic and wonderful days of the unexpected and surprising revival of the Beatitudes in much of Europe, the great absent ones are big businesses and banks, which, with an empathy without compassion continue their production and rites. They remain indifferent and indolent, they do not open the doors of their "houses", they do not know how to take off their shoes to learn to walk barefoot like Adam, like children, like the poor.

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Mercy, the Cement of Civilization

Regenerations/6 – It makes our "forever-s" valid. And manages to give itself as a reward

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 06/09/2015

Logo rigenerazioni ridI see and I find my own light in the other, the true Reality of myself, the real me in the other (perhaps buried or secretly disguised for shame), and once I have found myself, I am reunited by resurrecting myself."

Chiara Lubich, The Resurrection of Rome.

Mercy was the cement with which we kneaded our civilization in past centuries. Without knowing and loving mercy we do not understand the Bible, the Covenant, the book of Exodus, Isaiah, the Gospel of Luke, Francis of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, Frances Cabrini, Don Bosco, Christian social works, the Italian Constitution, the European dream, and life together and love affairs after the concentration camps, families living and staying together until the very end.

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Abusing the Illusion of Immunity

Regenerations/5 - Businesses, society, family: less and less time for compassion

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 30/08/2015

Logo rigenerazioni ridHow selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortunes of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it. Of this kind is pity or compassion, the emotion we feel for the misery of others, when we either see it, or are made to conceive it in a very lively manner."

Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, 1759

Processing our own and others' emotions is requiring more and more effort from us. We have drastically reduced the community and personal spaces, places and instruments to accompany, tend to or elevate our emotions.

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The Mighty Seeds of Generosity

Regenerations/4 - Human beings give a lot only if they are free to give all

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 23/08/2015

Logo rigenerazioni rid"Real kindness is an exchange with essentially unpredictable consequences. It is a risk precisely because it mingles our needs and desires with the needs and desires of others..."

A. Phillips e B. TaylorOn Kindness

Businesses and organizations are good places for a good and fulfilling life if and until they let non-economic virtues live alongside with the economic-business ones. It is a decisive co-existence that is not easy at all, because it requires managers to give up total control over the behaviour of people, to accept an element of unpredictability in their actions and to be willing to relativize efficiency, which is becoming the real dogma of the new religion of our time.

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The Wonderful Song of Humility

Regenerations/3 - A virtue that is not loved by economy, but is key for the future

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 09/08/2015

Logo rigenerazioni rid

...and when I see the stars burn up in heaven,
I ask myself:
Why all these lights? What does the endless air do, and that deep
eternal blue? What does this enormous
solitude portend?
And what am I?

(Giacomo Leopardi, Night Song of a Wandering Shepherd in Asia English translation by Jonathan Galassi)

Humility is one of those virtues that the economy and big firms do not really like even if they have a vital need of it. As it is increasingly modelled on corporate values, our culture fails to see the beauty and the value of humility, and so it gets "humiliated".

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