from the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" n.33 – editorial insert attached to Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2011 - July 2011
The EoC proposes that economies and businesses should adopt, along with the principles of liberty and equality, the principle of fraternity. In so doing, business and economic activity can contribute to the fulfillment of every human person, responding to our deep-seeded desire for happiness and a sense of purpose.
At the end of the Economy of Communion (EoC) in Freedom Assembly 2011 held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the youth participating in the assembly launched a message to all those who believe in, desire, and commit themselves to building a more just and solidarity-based economy. Their convictions are as follows. They wanted us to know:
We believe it is possible to build an economy based on the principle of fraternity. Such an economy can be called one of ‘communion’ and is possible for at least four reasons:
We, the youth of the EoC, representing thousands of young people and adults of various cultures, countries, religions, and economic and social conditions, ask for concrete changes. In recent years, economic development has been drugged with ethically questionable behavior that has put our world economy at risk. The Western economic and financial system remains structurally fragile, and requires new rules able to bring it back to its precious function of serving the common good. That is why we ask governments to:
That is why we ask all citizens of the world, beginning with us present here today in Sao Paolo, to employ the co-essential values of liberty and equality with new conviction and commitment, even on the political, juridical, institutional levels, and also provide a concrete avenue for the need of fraternity among persons and peoples, favoring their own choices of consumption and savings, those enterprises that are ethically oriented and those that invest a significant part of their profits for the common good. The EoC tells us, in fact, that business profits have a social nature and vocation.
Since the beginning, the EoC has attributed great importance to the formation of “new men and women.” That is why we ask:
We young people are aware of being the first generation in the history of humanity that faces the serious risk of having a future that is worse than that of our parents due to the deep wounds that have been inflicted on the environment, air, water, and non-renewable energy over the last century. Moreover, a growing individualistic solidarity ideology is on the horizon of our post-modern civilization.
At the same time, we trust and are certain that Providence exists and is at work in our history, and that we too can have a future that is better than the past. We believe that the EoC began on Earth, here in Brazil twenty years ago, to nourish and to be a concrete answer that gives us hope.
We young people here in Sao Paulo believe that if our convictions, hopes and commitments are shared by many people on all continents, and if our everyday behavior reflects these beliefs, the aspiration for an economy that is not only efficient and just, but also fraternal will not be a simple utopia; it will become a reality.
We solemnly commit ourselves to this task, confident that many others will join us. We are convinced that communion is the most profound calling of every person, enterprise and community.
“That all may be one.”
Sao Paulo, May 29, 2011
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