The E-catechism: June 1998
|The streets||The work|
Each month the team working on this catechism presents you with two texts, and we hope that with your help and cooperation they will improve. Any suggestions you may have would be most welcome, as would ideas on subject matter.
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The place where life is real, the bright tremulous picture of the whole human society. The street, the place of equality, unrestricted by any border but where the most striking, most piercing inequalities are, for different reasons, displayed.
The street is a drum that intones man's sounds of joy and of distress. Because it is in the street that every moment of anger, of despair, of pain and of rebellion is lived. It is on the streets that the cry of injustice, of misunderstanding is heard, where everyone is alike and united and where there is resistance. It is on the streets that the weaker, the oppressed, the excluded and the abandoned meet each other, and reassemble to speak of their distress. Their sadness and their anger? And that is not all -. because it is in the cauldron of all turbulence that the ideas of freedom, justice, and fraternity slowly overflow. It is there, under the skies of the cities, that, between the walls of comfort, selfishness and fear, we find those that refuse to bend their backbone under the pretext of some sort of social economic disaster, those that do not believe in the imperatives of a certain era, become forcibly inhuman.
Because humanity is found on the streets. And there the hearts of the people of God beat closely to the pavement, the Gospel will "come outside", permanently, inviting confrontation with the chaotic advances of a society in permanent evolution.
To ignore, to stay behind the counter, to refuse to mix with the life that flows and swarms under your feet - it's as if you are looking through a shattered mirror. What we see is not a counterfeit picture, far from reality. What we see is the future.
Happily, the Christians risk to mix directly, even brutally, with the pains and the joys, with the tragedies and the festivals of this world. They come to the streets to offer solidarity. And they rejoice when the word of God is spread throughout the streets.
For the young people, a job represents independence, the affirmation of oneself. And, of course, the future as well. A job is seen as a social recognition. Without it, how is it possible to expect a future?
Women gained autonomy by working. And the equality of genders has indeed evolved, although there is still much to be done.
Increased unemployment is felt as a rupture, as a senseless loss. The young people are facing this crisis; at the very worst, as a sort of an annihilation, to be on the verge of a precipice, but at its best as a transitional period from which they will certainly come out at any cost.
On the other hand, the adults are totally lost. After they graduate, it is not only a job they loose but also their identity. Those who live with the comforting thought of belonging to a corporation, of belonging to a family, although being just a lever, but a useful lever, who find themselves crushed, laminated by life. Suddenly they feel as if they do not belong to a society which, frequently, only considers the individual in terms of his productivity.
The leisure times, the family life have and will still evolve.
The times of full employment have disappeared. A different concept, a different job balance is now on the verge of being implemented. The creation of home working posts, fairly remunerated, can only but increase. In the field of health, education - Everything is yet to be invented. Nothing is, as yet, known.