The pope warned today that many young people “are from social networks but not very social” and live “prisoners of their mobile phones”, and he addressed them to encourage them to go out and look for others and not lock themselves up, in a meeting at the international school of San Dionisio of the Ursuline nuns in Athens, in the last act of his visit to Greece.
“We are in danger of forgetting who we are, obsessed by thousands of appearances, by crushing messages that make life depend on the clothes we wear, the car we drive, the way others look at us”, Francisco warned in the gymnasium of the educational center, before young people, teachers and religious seated at a distance because of the anticovid measures.
He advised them to recognize their value “for who you are and not for what you have”, because “you are not worth the brand of clothing or footwear you wear, but because you are unique, you are unique,” he told them.
And he gave the example of the myth of the mermaids that appear in the Odyssey, that Ulysses meets on his journey and that attract sailors with their song to make them crash against the reefs.
Today’s mermaids “want to hypnotize you with seductive and insistent messages” and “aim for easy profits, the false needs of consumerism, the cult of physical well-being, fun at all costs.”
“Do you want to do something new in life? Do you want to rejuvenate? ”Francisco asked and he himself replied:“ Don’t be content with publishing a post or a tweet. Don’t be content with virtual encounters, look for real ones, especially with those who need you; do not look for visibility, but for the invisible. This is original, this is revolutionary ”.
For Francisco, many young people today “are from social networks but not very social, closed in on themselves, prisoners of the telephone they hold in their hands”, but “the screen is missing the other, their eyes, their breathing, their hands”.
“The screen easily becomes a mirror, where you think you are in front of the world, but in reality you are alone in a virtual world full of appearances, of photos doctored to always look beautiful and fit,” he said.
The pope asked them “Get out of your own comfort zones” because, although “it is easier to be sitting on the sofa in front of the television”, that is “something for the old people” because “when young it is to react, to open up when one feels alone, to seek others when the temptation to close oneself comes” .
To the youth, the pope gave one last piece of advice: “Dream big! And dream together! despite the fact that there will always be someone who will tell them: Leave it alone, don’t risk it, it’s useless ”. He defined these people as “the annullers of dreams, the hitmen of hope, the incurable nostalgics of the past.”
With this act, Pope Francis said goodbye to Greece, where he arrived last Saturday from Cyprus, which was his 35th trip and which was marked mainly by the denunciation of the indifference of European countries to face the problem. of migration.
(with information from EFE)
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