Reflecting on Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Taaremon Matauea, Columban Seminarian
June 13, 2011
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Taaremon Matuea

Reflecting on the seven themes of the Catholic Social Teaching, I agree that all these themes contribute to the building of a just society. We live in a world where human life has been threatened. The dignity of the human person is not respected everywhere around the world. As Christians we believe that human life is sacred, because we are made in the image of God. One threat to the dignity of human life is the taking over of the indigenous people. Their rights as human beings have been neglected. And in some parts of the world, they are second class people who lived on the margins because they are pushed there.

These indigenous people should be treated the same like every human being. Together with them we are all called to be part of the human family, community, to participate in the common good of all. Since we believe that we belong to one human family, our responsibility is to protect the rights of these indigenous people, and that is “the right to life and a right to those things required for human decency.” As Christians and followers of Jesus, we continue in the footstep of Jesus that is helping the poor and vulnerable in our societies. One part of the problem that we face in our world today is the economy. This has moved many including the indigenous people in search for work to support their families. Wherever they (workers) worked at, we should help to protect them from being used or exploited for the sake of money making and to make sure that their rights as workers should be respected. As we work together towards the common good of all, in this way we are in solidarity with each other like one human family regardless of culture, religion, etc.

If these seven themes are put into practice perhaps our world would live in harmony, I guess. The indigenous (people) rights need to be respected for who they are as sacred human beings.