Magazine article U.S. Catholic

New Life

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

New Life

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My family recently held its first baby shower. Around the same time that this magazine is due in readers' mailboxes, my nephew is due to enter the world. I can't help but wonder what kind of world he will grow up in.

This question was on my mind when I met my parents to plan the shower. As we tasted samples from a caterer who uses ingredients from nearby farmers, we discussed the costs (literally) and benefits of local, organic food. Not only does it taste better, I argued, but also it lessens our dependence on oil for fertilizers and transportation. Later our conversation drifted to the social media-fueled revolutions in the Middle East, my parents sharing their excitement about new uses of technology. (See "Tweet like an Eygptian," Margin Notes, page 39.)

As a user of social media, I, too, am excited about the news out of the Middle East, but sitting in a restaurant dedicated to rather old-fashioned food, I wondered whether my nephew's future rests in technologies not yet dreamed of or the horse-drawn plows described by Robert L. Ernst in "On fertile ground" (pages 32-33).

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Do we have enough energy and natural resources to fuel the smart phones and laptops that fuel nonviolent revolutions against dictators? Can protesters' demands be met? What good is all this technology and social change if the development it promotes is unsustainable?

It's easy to feel hopeless sometimes, but in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, faith steps in. …

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