“Without social justice or human rights, there can be no happiness”

Source: anue.org

Source: anue.org

Clear, direct and unapologetic, Sister Lucía Caram talks about the right to happiness in the second edition of “Human Rights, Afternoons of Debate” conferences, organized by the United Nations Association of Spain-Youth.

Sister Lucía Caram (1996, Tucumán, Argentina) talks vividly about injustice and
human rights. Whether from a TV studio, a conference room or her own Twitter
account with over 100,000 followers, this dominican nun has decided to speak out
against daily injustices. In this case, the chosen scenario was the inner courtyard of
ANUE (United Nations Association of Spain), where Sister Lucia explained to the audience her vision of the right to
happiness, based on the respect of basic human rights, the defense of freedom
and justice for all.

 

“The change will come only from the change in one’s heart”

Concerned about the impact that the economic crisis is having on the population,
Sister Lucía talked about “Contemplative Peace”, based not only on the “outrage”
but also on shared responsibility. She also defends that sharing happiness is the
only way to make happiness effective. “Happiness is not about giving or receiving. It is about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and defending their rights.” Criticizing a voracious social model of unlimited resource consumption in the hands of a few, Sister Lucía defends that the change must occur from within the people and it will lead to a more humane model. “If it’s just for a few, happiness will not be complete”.

Social Justice and Religion are not incompatible. 

In a speech full of biblical references, Sister Lucia addresses all of us as
responsible to make this change happen: from citizens to politicians, businessmen,
the Spanish Episcopal Conference, and the International Monetary Fund or the
World Bank. “We are on a train heading for an abyss. This train has derailed but our
leaders want the train back on the same tracks.” Being a nun does not abridge her
intense defense of political ideals and she also bashes the lack of political will to
ensure citizen’s welfare or the cancellation of unfair debt. “Freedom is being
able to decide to live with dignity. If a state cannot guarantee that, the State has
failed.”

The conference drew to a close with a guitar and vocal concert by Miriam Paretas
and Monica Muñoz. And with that, ANUE bids farewell until the next edition of
“Drets Humans, Tardes de Debat”. Hope to see you there!

 

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