Jesuit Superior General: Self-Sufficiency is West’s Most Dangerous Idol

Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, in an interview with La Stampa:

What do you consider the most dangerous idol of contemporary West? 

“Self-sufficiency, the idea of doing and knowing by yourself and for yourself, as individuals and as a society. Western society is convinced it can accomplish happiness, the fullness of humanity, on its own and by excluding the others. For this reason, it builds walls instead of bridges, and tries to isolate itself and withdraw into itself. This attitude is a great danger. The persuasion of being able to build humanity autonomously, without the need to learn and receive from others, leads to not respecting different cultures and peoples, nor creation, which is our common home. Self-sufficiency shuts off the possibility of intercultural and interreligious dialogue and stands in the way of our future. It is an idol that isolates and ends up being paralyzing. “