United by a common concern: Quality of life
Por Roberto Arriola García,
Presidente de la Sociedad Mexicana de Estudios de Calidad de Vida
The Encyclical Letter "Laudato Yes, my Signore" (Praised be my Lord) by Pope Francis related to “Common Home Care” brings some valuable points worth to mention from a Quality of Life perspective:
Referring to the "deterioration in the quality of life and social degradation" wields a sharp critique of contemporary life, mainly characterized by:
- Urban congestion, inefficiency and disorder without sufficient green areas; inequality and unequal access to natural, beautiful and safe zones in favor of the increasingly rich and privileged and in detriment of the poor and most marginalized population; the fact that the economic growth of the last two centuries has not meant a real integral progress and improved quality of life. By contrast there are signs of an increasing social degradation, a silent rupture of social integration; and finally, the impact of digital media that prevent take direct contact with the complexity of human emotions and are producing a deep melancholy and dissatisfaction in relationships.
And prescribes, among others, the desirability of "Betting on another lifestyle" considering the following components:
- Challenge the paradigm of compulsive consumerism that makes everyone believe they are free while having a supposed freedom to consume. Obsessive consumerism is the subjective reflection of the economic paradigm. In this confusion, the postmodern humanity was not able to find a new understanding of themself that can orient them, and this lack of identity is lived with anxiety and frustration; Transform the ethics of social coexistence, leaving the consumer lifestyle, especially when only a few can sustain it, because it can only lead to violence and mutual destruction; Regain the ability of human beings to overcome, to choose the right thing and regenerate, beyond all mental and social constraints imposed on them; Overcome individualism to develop an alternative lifestyle that makes possible a significant change in society.
This important reflection of Pope Francis, on his first encyclical entirely of his inspiration, warns us about how inseparable are the concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society and internal peace. This reflection supports the multidimensional nature of quality of life, on its objective and perceptual dimension, as a central concept for sustainable development in contemporary and postmodern context.
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