Laudato Si Week

16 May to 24 May

Real Story

Krishna, his wife Pramila and their two little children were cycling 700 Kms back to their home village when they were hit by a speeding vehicle. Both parents died leaving behind their little chidren. It is heartbreaking and there is a deep problem...

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Reductionism

Krishna, his wife Pramila and their two children were cycling back to their home village when they were hit by a speeding vehicle. Due to the Covid-19 lockdown they had no food or money, and had to find a way to feed their children. They thought they could resume farming in their village. So they started cycling back home. Questions we can ponder upon:

1. Why did Krishna leave his own ancestral farm and went to the city which did not give him much? Is it because of the effects of climate change?
2. Why in this crisis situation no one cared for Krishna and his family?

Answer lies in the reductionist mindset which we have developed.

► Everything is related and we human beings are united on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love of God which also unites us in fond affection with mother earth. Reductionism means we reduce a reality to only one level. Was Krishna just a work force entity?

► When we have a reductionist mindset everything collapses. Deterioration of the environment is just one sign of a reductionism which affects every aspect of human and social life. Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion.

► Peace, justice and the preservation of creation are three absolutely interconnected themes, which cannot be separated and treated individually. If we separate them we fall into reductionism.

Krishna and his family are symbolic of the thousands of migrants who are still walking trying to reach their homes.


Refer to Laudato Si : 92, 107, 120

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