The connection between human trafficking and environmental destruction is not obvious at the outset. But a closer scrutiny of human trafficking reveals how it does lead to the degradation of the environment. When we study the life and works of luminary figures from past to present, they all acknowledge the centrality of human liberty for cultural progress. Since the upkeep of our environment is a reflection of our cultural values, the link between human freedom and environmental conditions is established.
Saint Vincent de Paul’s words of divine wisdom offer guidance as to how we should consider human freedoms. In the theological context of his counsel, de Paul equated human freedom as the liberation from worldly attachments and desires. He said, “Naturally, everyone loves his freedom, but we must beware of this as of a broad road that leads to perdition.” (De Paul) Since the moral preoccupations during his lifetime were about sin, salvation and redemption, his . . . Read MoreContinue Reading