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What does living and working for social issues mean in the age of the global village? From the point of view of universal brotherhood, here is a series of contributions: from economics to sport, from politics to justice through to the communications media, and much more. Thought-provoking ideas, both great and small, to help individuals and communities to be aware of the heritage in which we are all immersed.

 

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A meeting with the Secretary General of the Italian Islamic Cultural Center, Dr. Abdellah Redouane, a really special Roman citizen. He tells us about his relationship with the Eternal City, the life of the islamic community, which in particular works in Rome, so that integration can really become an opportunity of growth for the whole city. A look at Project City.

 

 

Interview by Paolo Balduzzi- Rome

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"I am a citizen, not of Athens or Greece, but of the world".

(Socrates, Greek philosopher)

"We are running the risk of making our cities places where business goes ahead, but where life, in the proper sense of the word, is lost".

(Hubert Horatio Humphrey)

 

 

 

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"The city is the master of man".

(Simonide di Ceo, Greek philosopher)


"The city is not merely a mass of bricks. It is that strange thing that is relationships between people".

(Italo Calvino)

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A meeting with the Secretary General of the Italian Islamic Cultural Center, Dr. Abdellah Redouane, a really special Roman citizen. He tells us about his relationship with the Eternal City, the life of the islamic community, which in particular works in Rome, so that integration can really become an opportunity of growth for the whole city. A look at Project City.

Interview by Paolo Balduzzi- Rome

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"It’s enough to remember that the metropoli are the real platforms for a culture that exceeds and towers over its personal elements.  Here, in the constructions and places of entertainment, in the miracles and comfort of a technology that wipes out every distance, in the formation of communitarian life and in the visible institutions of the State, a fullness of the spirit manifests itself which has crystallized and become so overwhelmingly impersonal that – so to speak – it loses its personality.  On the one hand life is rendered extremely simple, since it is offered stimuli, interests, ways to fill one’s time and mind from every corner that it is as if it is swept up in a current where you almost don’t need to bother swimming.  On the other hand, however, life consists more and more of such contents and impersonal representations, that tend to eliminate its more intimately particular colourations and idiosyncrasies; so in order to survive the more personal element has to show a peculiarity and particularity which is extreme; it has to exaggerate to make itself heard, even by himself".

(Georg Simmel, philosopher and sociologue)

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"[...] The city is something more than a cluster of individual men and women or of social services, like streets, buildings, lamps, tramlines and descending paths; it is also something more than a simple constellation of institutions and administrative instruments, like courts, hospitals, schools, police and public servants of every kind.  Instead, the city is a state of soul, a body of customs and traditions, of attitudes and feelings organized amongst these customs and transmitted by means of this tradition".

(Robert Park, sociologue)



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One starts to have experience of the State later, perhaps when one becomes a parent, or starts work and starts paying taxes; it is then that one becomes fully aware of the other ‘we’.

 

 

 


By Ilaria Pedrin

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"The city’s future depends much more on the customs and culture of its citizens than on the beauty of its buildings or on how well its institutions are run"

(Cardinal Martini: farewell speech to the city of Milan– 28 June 2002)

 

 

 

 

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"What would become of humanity if it didn’t have [cities], the essential centres of the civil world … the ‘living units’ where the essential values of the past and the future are concentrated?"

(Giorgio La Pira, 1954)

 


 

 

 

 

"A city is not designed it comes about of its own accord.  It’s enough to listen to it, because the city is a reflection of so many stories".

(Renzo Piano)

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tuttalamiacitta1Human beings are social beings, and thus they need to have relationships with other human beings in order to grow and develop. These relationships are an essential part of human nature. On the biological level, each one of us exists because two persons – the parents – have met and mated. Then, from birth onwards, life enfolds as a continuous growth through interaction with the others and the world around us.

 

By Ilaria Pedrini

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In ‘the two cities’ Giordani affirmed: “In politics, whatever structures, ideologies and denominations it has are lost much of the time, - and health and richness and even life is lost – because of the failure to build an accord between the citizens and those same leaders: egoism opens continuous fractures until the city is reduced, almost as a prelude to bombardments from ‘on high’, to a pile of moral ruins, city of the dead where men and women act like ghosts under the light of illusions.”
Giordani, the ‘ingenuous Christian’ as he loved to call himself, knows that new life for the city can be found in one place alone: “… and instead the Gospel calls for a city of life (…), where death has died”. (Igino Giordani, The two cities,  p. 405)

 

 

 

Citizenship should not be a good that is gratuitous but an enterprise for all, a condition and an identity that determines rights and social responsibilities. This holds true for those who are trying to become citizens in this way and for those who already are citizens. (Diversity in Unity - Manifesto of the Communitarian Network, cf document on website:
http://www.gwu.edu/~ccps/dwu_positionpaper_italian.html)

 

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Caritas in Veritate and the City Project

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Benedict XVI’s latest encyclical invites us to work more and to work better for the city. Sergio Chiamparino, Mayor of Turin, commenting on what the Pope has written, proposes a new citizenship pact to unite public authorities and those they serve in a common commitment.







By Paolo Balduzzi

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Maria_ZambranoDemagogic rule flatters the people by encouraging only an elementary force; demagogic rule degrades people by regarding them on the level of a mass (of people).  The mass is a crude material, a material that merely “stands by”: it is degradation because it distances the people as a reality, a reality of humans, from the aspect in which the human reality reaches its full potential, the possibility of living as a person.  Which implies responsibility and conscience.  Consequently, the demagogue consciously or maybe not even unconsciously looks down on the people, in the same way that every flatterer looks down on the one s/he flatters. And his purpose is merely to reduce the people to a mass, to degrade the people as a mass so as to be able to dominate them and so that he becomes the only individual in front of the masses, above the masses. (Maria Zambrano, Democracy and the person)

 

 

“Cities have become dumping grounds for the problems caused by globalisation.  Its citizens and those that have been elected as their representatives, are faced with a task that they cannot even dream of completing, the task of finding local solutions to contradictions that are global”.  (Z. Bauman, Trust and fear in the city, page 19, Mondadori, 2005.)

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Economy and Work

Our society is made up of people who are constantly building relationships: in the family, in places of recreation and even at their places of work where creativity, competence and commitment bring about that which is the “good” for all. Economy and work therefore represent two fields where the human and spiritual patrimony of every person can be put to the service of the community. These are privileged spaces where one can combine the needs and wants with the resources and opportunities.

Ethnicities and Cultures

One often hears of education towards awareness of being people of the same world and awareness of other cultures as a way of overcoming prejudices. Universal brotherhood takes on yet another dimension both on the theoretical level as on the level of social action: it is the appreciation of diversity as a value to be shared and “promoted” on the levels of ideas and experiences for the good of all.

Social Ethics

There is a bond between spirituality and social commitment that is summed up in ethics: the spiritual elevation of the individual guides it to responsible action in every environment. In the Gospel and in the Scared Books of the other religions there exists the so called Golden Rule, “Do to others what you wish others will do to you”: here is the proposal for a public set of ethics that is easy to translate into the ethics of history.

Health: Person, Environment

Thinking of “the common good” by thinking first of the well-being of the individual is a sure way of finding previously unimagined solutions, but also for sharing ideas and proposals to better the quality of life in our cities, even from the ecological point of view. From the global to the particular, the commitment to health and psychophysical well-being generates a good life which is part of a better society.

Social Harmony and Art

There is a profound relationship between space and society: the quality of the environment in which we work, live and relax also has a decisive influence on the kind of relationships and therefore on the quality of life of every person. Looked at from the angle of fraternity, human relationships and the inhabitants’ need of beauty can point to solutions and ideas that will have the whole person at the center and therefore ”furnish a house” that is good for all.

Education and Culture

The human and cultural formation both of the individual and of society is a fundamental richness for society. If fraternity is a way of thinking and acting seen from the pedagogical aspect, it can propel a united model of research that will bring out the direct relationship between theory and practice, between words and concrete life. This is because the idea of the common good also depends on the idea of the person who is being referred to.

 

Social Communication

It is necessary to communicate in order to live as a family. The means of social communication are instruments of a reciprocity which grows and matures every relationship between people and between cultures and favors a personal and common research into the truth and sense of the development of humanity. 

Politics and P.A.

Politics, which aims at bringing together the needs and the resources of a particular society, aims at the synthesis of the active forces, encourages the operations of the associations and brings about order in the multiple aspects of the lives of its citizens. New Humanity comes into play in order that every citizen becomes a subject of politics, recognizing the social ties that bring together the destinies of nations and people in the perspective of a more united world. It is a project that promotes fraternity as a political category where the principles, which cannot be renounced, of the dignity of the individual, of liberty, of fairness, of subsidiarity and of justice, find their realization.

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