Carpe diem quam
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and Case Studies moved to Sept. 28!
starts Oct. 4!
Pope Francis, July 30, 2016, Krakow:
But in life there is another, even more dangerous, kind of
paralysis. It is not easy to put our finger on it.
I like to describe it
as the paralysis that comes from confusing happiness with a sofa. In
other words, to think that in order to be happy all we need is a good
sofa. A sofa that makes us feel comfortable, calm, safe. A sofa like one
of those we have nowadays with a built-in massage unit to put us to
sleep. A sofa that promises us hours of comfort so we can escape to the
world of videogames and spend all kinds of time in front of a computer
screen. A sofa that keeps us safe from any kind of pain and fear. A sofa
that allows us to stay home without needing to work at, or worry about,
anything. "Sofa-happiness”! That is probably the most harmful and
insidious form of paralysis, since little by little, without even
realizing it, we start to nod off, to grow drowsy and dull while others –
perhaps more alert than we are, but not necessarily better – decide our
future for us.
Dear young people, we didn’t come into
this world to "vegetate”, to take it easy, to make our lives a
comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came for another reason: to
leave a mark.
It is very sad to pass through life without leaving a
mark. But when we opt for ease and convenience, for confusing happiness
with consumption, then we end up paying a high price indeed: we lose our
The times we live in do not call for young "couch potatoes” but for
young people with shoes, or better, boots laced. It only takes players
on the first string, and it has no room for bench-warmers. Today’s world
demands that you be a protagonist of history because life is always
beautiful when we choose to live it fully, when we choose to leave a
mark. History today calls us to defend our dignity and not to let others
decide our future.