Pope Benedict XVI denounces tobacco industry–honestly!

 From “Caritas in Veritate” (Charity in Truth) An Encyclical Letter by Pope Benedict XVI, 2009

30. In this context, the theme of integral human development takes on an even broader range of meanings: the correlation between its multiple elements requires a commitment to foster the interaction of the different levels of human knowledge in order to promote the authentic development of peoples. Often it is thought that development, or the socio-economic measures that go with it, merely require to be implemented through joint action. This joint action, however, needs to be given direction, because “all social action involves a doctrine”. In view of the complexity of the issues, it is obvious that the various disciplines have to work together through an orderly interdisciplinary exchange. Charity does not exclude knowledge, but rather requires, promotes, and animates it from within. Knowledge is never purely the work of the intellect. It can certainly be reduced to calculation and experiment, but if it aspires to be wisdom capable of directing man in the light of his first beginnings and his final ends, it must be “seasoned” with the “salt” of charity. Deeds without knowledge are blind, and knowledge without love is sterile. Indeed, “the individual who is animated by true charity labours skilfully to discover the causes of misery, to find the means to combat it, to overcome it resolutely”. Faced with the phenomena that lie before us, charity in truth requires first of all that we know and understand, acknowledging and respecting the specific competence of every level of knowledge. Charity is not an added extra, like an appendix to work already concluded in each of the various disciplines: it engages them in dialogue from the very beginning. The demands of love do not contradict those of reason. Human knowledge is insufficient and the conclusions of science cannot indicate by themselves the path towards integral human development. There is always a need to push further ahead: this is what is required by charity in truth. Going beyond, however, never means prescinding from the conclusions of reason, nor contradicting its results. Intelligence and love are not in separate compartments: love is rich in intelligence and intelligence is full of love.

31. This means that moral evaluation and scientific research must go hand in hand, and that charity must animate them in a harmonious interdisciplinary whole, marked by unity and distinction. The Church’s social doctrine, which has “an important interdisciplinary dimension”, can exercise, in this perspective, a function of extraordinary effectiveness. It allows faith, theology, metaphysics and science to come together in a collaborative effort in the service of humanity. It is here above all that the Church’s social doctrine displays its dimension of wisdom. Paul VI had seen clearly that among the causes of underdevelopment there is a lack of wisdom and reflection, a lack of thinking capable of formulating a guiding synthesis, for which “a clear vision of all economic, social, cultural and spiritual aspects” is required. The excessive segmentation of knowledge, the rejection of metaphysics by the human sciences, the difficulties encountered by dialogue between science and theology are damaging not only to the development of knowledge, but also to the development of peoples, because these things make it harder to see the integral good of man in its various dimensions. The “broadening [of] our concept of reason and its application” is indispensable if we are to succeed in adequately weighing all the elements involved in the question of development and in the solution of socio-economic problems.

Welcome to Project XI !

Welcome to Project XI!  Help us try get the world religious community to put an end to big tobacco and the cruel joke this industry continues to play on us.  Every day kids and adults start their addiction to tobacco, the most reliable anti-depressant in nature.  That’s right, tobacco (that is, the nicotine and harman in it) is an anti-depressant.  That’s why smokers get depressed and irritable when they try to quit.  And people who do quit often do so by taking the antidepressant buproprion–to take the place of the tobacco!

Too bad tobacco addicts have to get their drug in the form of tobacco–the plant causes mouth cancer and the smoke causes throat and lung cancer and heart disease!

The effects of nicotine and harman don’t last too long; they wear off after about an hour so addicts have to smoke again to feel better!

Tobacco is such an effective antidepressant, anti-anxiety, and psychostimulant that the brain can never really fall out of love with it!

Tobacco smoke injures whoever is breathing it in– the pet cats and dogs of smokers get feline and canine asthma! Smoker’s kids get asthma too!

The U.S. spends $500 million  every day to pay for the medical treatment of diseased smokers!  Over $ 200 billion yearly!

6,000,000 (six million!) people die, worldwide,  every year from diseases caused by tobacco!

Every day 100,000 kids have their first cigarette!

Tobacco companies have killed more U.S. military than all the wars in the history of the U.S.!  A bullet on the battlefield would have been a more merciful death than the surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy necessary to treat smoker’s cancers!

Smokers need a cigarette first thing in the morning, last thing at night. Smokers will wake up in the middle of the night to smoke.  They have to smoke in order to feel normal.  Just like salt helps you and me to taste our food better, smokers need tobacco to sharpen their pleasurable sensations.  Smokers smoke after they eat, urinate,  after sex and after any activity that gives any sensation of pleasure or happiness.  Tobacco is “salt” for yor mood!  While un-“salted” french fries are not very tasty, an un-“tobaccoed” brain is not very happy.

The world religious community remains blind to the worldwide tobacco scandal. Help Project XI enlighten them.

Please help us to help them see!  Tell your friends about Project XI.  Thanks!!