BENEDICT XVI: "THE TWO POLES OF HUMAN EXISTENCE: SOLITUDE AND COMMUNION" (2)

For nowadays young people – according to Benedict XVI – who are facing the risk of both seeing their ability to concentrate undermined and of "personal isolation in a reality which is becoming more and more virtual," the social dimension is fragmented while the personal dimension is retreating into itself and tends to be deaf to constructive relations with other people and with what is different." Benedict XVI then affirmed that "on the contrary, universities are living, by their own nature, the virtuous balance between the individual and the communitarian time, between the personal research and reflection and the sharing, the debate with others, in a basically universal dimension." Then he highlighted that "even our time, as the time of Peter Damian, is marked by incertitude for the lack of unifying principles. Academic studies should contribute to the qualitative education of society not only in the field of research strictly speaking, but also, more generally, in offering the young the chance to grow intellectually, morally and civilly, answering the great questions that are posed to the conscience of contemporary man." (continued) ” ” ” ” ” “

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