Immersed in the bio- and media- spheres

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“Todo está conectado.” This is the title of the book by Prof. Martín Cabajo Nuñez, O.F.M. presented on Thursday 27 February in the Aula Magna of the Alphonsian Academy. Prof. Jules Mimeault, C.Ss.R., vice-president of the Academy, recalled that this title expresses not only a theme that is fashionable today, but also a commitment that makes us think about ecological issues.

From the left side: Prof. M. Boies C.Ss.R., Fr. J. Campos O.F.M., Prof. M. Faggioni O.F.M., Prof. M. Cabajo Nuñez O.F.M., Prof. A. Amarante C.Ss.R., Prof. J. Mimeault C.Ss.R.

Prof. Mario Boies, C.Ss.R., moderator of the meeting, spoke about the joy of being on the net, a theme raised by this new writing. Prof. Maurizio Faggioni, O.F.M., and Br. Jaime Campos, O.F.M., were the two speakers at the presentation. Br. Campos, O.F.M., showed the experience of a Facebook page that operates on the web for the good of the whole network, that is, a social media that becomes a privileged place to reduce distances and encourage dialogue. It is a group of young people on the web called JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation). Every young person in this group through the internet promotes “the life of the net and the net of life”, in the words of Prof. Maurizio Faggioni.

Prof. Faggioni also said that the book in question offers us the opportunity to reflect on two very different realities: the biosphere and the “mediasphere”. In other words, this book invites us to think about the two ways that structure human existence. The network, Faggioni recalled again, is a form of human action, a way of being with the other. The starting point is the Franciscan perspective: communion and harmony, therefore a holistic vision of reality. In this sense, said Faggioni, “awareness becomes taking care with responsibility for oneself and the relationship with others, the other and nature. The book is the second in a trilogy, which began with Sister Mother Earth and ended with St. Francis in the digital age. The text that is the subject of the presentation is composed of three parts, which correspond to the method: “seeing, judging and acting”. Each part is divided into two chapters, each quadripartite in sections (God, self, the other, nature).

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It is an excellent Franciscan reading of the ecological theme in dialogue with the sciences of communication. In the end Prof. Jules Mimeault rightly said that “this book, rather than bringing a fashionable reality, helps us to think”. We conclude with an invitation to read this valuable work: Todo está conectado. Ecologia integral y comunicacion en la era digital.

Luiz Albertus Sleutjes

 

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