The Development of People, Rights and Duties, the Environment

This chapter of Caritas in Veritate discussed about the development of a human life without degrading other lives and the environment. One reason that I chose to reflect on this chapter is that this section of the encyclical is the one I found to be the most holistic and concrete. Many of us usually claim their rights implemented by the government. It is good for a person to know all of his rights and practice them. But that is a view from the outside. If you imagine beyond that, one would realize that emphasising on the rights of the person in every activity, would slowly make him become egocentric. He will practice claiming his rights and later on it will become a habit. He will be just concerning on the benefits he could get from this world, but on reality he really needs to watch out its effect. Right is equivalent to duty, shall I say. They should go hand in hand to balance the weight of a person’s responsibility. Not all rights are in fact advantageous. For example, those who are above 18 years of age have the rights to suffrage. Of course as citizens we have to practice that. But that is not just the case. Our right there is to vote, and our duty there is to think morally of whom the vote will be given to. Beyond voting, we have the responsibility to make that vote be moral and legal. Voting should be done with discernment and critical thinking. If we don’t vote in an ethical manner, we are actually losing our duties to the country – the people and the territory. Another thing is the right to education. If we say education, it means going to school and study to pass. But will that make you fulfil your human potential? For us, we need to go to school to learn, to learn, to learn, and to learn. From that point of view, we are actually becoming conceited. It is good to learn, but it would be a lot better if we share. Although it is a not-so-obvious duty for students, but a school is not what a world really looks like. The reality is seen when you step out from the school gate. You can see street kids clothed with innocence, pollution all around that is truly invisible in the campus, and different people leading to different directions that would dawn you

If we develop ourselves or our place. make sure that it won’t affect our environment especially that our world today is getting industrialized and modernized. we are mandated by God to take best care of His creations especially the environment which is in fact our home. Develop with it.” From that. Relating to the confluence on rights and duties is the big issue about the environment. The technologically progressive countries should lower their inland energy consumption and encourage study into alternative forms of energy. It is the noblest and most downto-earth thing a student could do to other human lives. The United Nations should find established worth of regulating the abuse of non-renewable resources. From Genesis 1:27-28. He had thrown us bunches of responsibilities.” – Marbert Pinque. I will just quote my last reflection about this topic… “A tree is an infrastructure of heaven. Just when God made our existence. 2012 . but beyond that. And’s uncertainties. If you ignore these scenarios. you are actually sinning – sin of omission. I could say that lots of students don’t care about this. my duty is to share my learning. “He created man and woman in His image and charged them to be stewards of His creation. My right as a student is to learn.

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