Chiara Lubich: "politics is the love of all loves".
Short excerpt from Chiara Lubich's speach adresses to “One Thousand Cities for Europe”, Innsbruck, 9 November 2001: "The Spirit of Brotherhood in Politics, Key to the Unity of Europe and of the World".
... Furthermore, the response to a political vocation is before all else an act of brotherhood. In fact, one does not become politically active simply in order to resolve a problem; one acts in response to a public need and deals with questions that concern others, wanting their good as if it were one’s own. By living in this way, politicians are able to give their total attention to citizens, to get to know their needs and their resources. They are able to understand the history of their city, to value the heritage of its culture and its associations, to discern, little by little, its true vocation and to map out with confidence a path to be followed. In fact, politics seen as love creates and preserves those conditions that allow all the other types of love to flourish: the love of young people who want to get married and who need a house and employment; the love of those who want to study and who need schools and books; the love of those who run their own businesses and who need roads and railways, clear and reliable laws…. Thus, politics is the love of all loves, gathering the resources of people and groups into the unity of a common design so as to provide the means for each one to fulfil in complete freedom his or her specific vocation. But it also encourages people to co-operate, bringing together needs and resources, questions and answers, instilling mutual trust among all. Politics can be compared to the stem of a flower, which supports and nourishes the fresh unfolding of the petals of the community. ...
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