Pope Francis might just be the most popular and well-liked Pope in a long time (maybe ever?), but some recent comments regarding young people and the use of their time may not be received very well by them, especially in today’s technological world. While speaking to a group of around 50,000 German altar servers on Tuesday of this week, the Pope may have stepped on a lot of people’s toes. I guess that’s okay, though, since he’s the Pope – it kind of goes with his job description.
While speaking to the large group of young people, Pope Francis encouraged them to be productive with their lives and not to just sit idly by wasting their time. He said, “Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things…” He continued, “Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions.”
Just what does he believe to be futile? Well, for starters – “…chatting on the Internet or with smartphones, watching TV soap operas, and (using) the products of technological progress, which should simplify and improve the quality of life, but distract attention away from what is really important.”
While I love technology, Pope Francis might just be onto something here. I rarely see a young person (or any person, really) anywhere who isn’t glued to his or her smartphone. What will their generation look like in the coming decades? It will be interesting to see if any of the younger generation puts his words into practice.
What do you think? Do you agree with Pope Francis? Do you think we as a society are becoming too dependent on our smartphones and the internet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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SOURCE: NBC News