I would like to add to the mail concerning the column by Pascal Dethurens. Yes, a big thank you to this professor who inspires us, from an informed commentary, to look at a work of art that makes sense – often from a perspective that we had not discerned. I would add that, personally, this is the first section that I consult when Weekly arrives in my mailbox!
Thank you for your rich file “Thinking about ecology”. In the answer to the question on sobriety to be seen as a Christian concept, you hypothesize that “Christians can be quite comfortable with the very idea of degrowth”, forgetting to ask yourself what must decrease, disappear, appear, increase. One way of discerning this difficult question is to look more closely at the various dimensions of sobriety, which can be both a demanding approach to friendly living together, a multiplication of virtuous individual and collective initiatives, a “disciplining” approach. »To regulate the efforts to be accomplished, etc. The whole difficulty is to make sobriety at the same time a new desirable art of living which finds its place in our societies, a shared value and a principle which completes our republican base. To make this last point credible, it will be necessary to strengthen the institutional and regulatory mechanisms, for example by forcing the State to take the long term into account and by making sobriety one of the indicators for evaluating public policies as well as for improving our taxation. . The ecological emergency now needs more concrete measures making us all responsible than gadgets, moralizing speeches and polemics between ideologists.
I carefully read the Explore section: “Thinking about ecology, Christian resources”. This document was of great interest to me. However, I did spot something there that seemed to me to be a mistake. On page 29, in the chapter “Sobriety, a Christian concept”, you cite “Christian” associations aimed at the most vulnerable, including ATD. The ATD Fourth World movement was certainly founded by a Catholic priest, Joseph Wresinski. However, the latter was keen to form a multiconfessional movement, made up of Jews, Muslims, Christians, atheists and anyone ready to go beyond their religious and political convictions to reach the poorest who, themselves , are of all affiliations around the world. It seems fundamental to me.
Return the works of art
The restitution of works raises the question of their provenance. French Revolution (looting of nobles and congregations), Second World War (looting of Jewish property, even if we undertake to restore to Holocaust survivors), wars and colonization (looting by the victors and colonizers) … we had to return everything that was not bought or given voluntarily, the walls of our museums would be very clean. One ethical dilemma to explore might be to observe consistency between words and deeds. A big thank you to your editorial staff for helping us to think together.