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In a video from 2016, Boulad suggests that peace, so elusive in his region, will never be achieved so long as powerful societies such as ours continue to consume and waste so much of the wealth of the planet on ourselves. When I drive past this new generation of gates, his words weigh heavy on my conscience.
This extravagant evolution in the gates of gated communities is present in most other areas of our own lives. We see the same trend in the cost of entry to major sporting events, concerts and even in our sacred North American fine dining and coffee culture. There’s a common theme: we’ve found nifty ways to justify spending more of our cash on ourselves. Some of us will blame marketers. Some will blame a broken world, families or values system.
Next time you sip a $5 coffee drink, down $200 on a corporate dinner, spend a small fortune on attending an NHL game or drive by a gated community, give it some thought. I have a feeling you’ll be compelled to. And if you lay blame on someone, just don’t blame the priest. The solution starts within each one of us.
If you speak or understand French, take a listen to Fr. Boulad for bits of wisdom and knowledge: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvZ0TcjA7jCdRe5VS6dWjdQ