A few days ago, an Argentine boy interrupted the general audience of Pope Francis in the Vatican and took the stand to play with a Swiss guard. The leader of the Catholic Church, who knows the great value of the examples, did not hesitate to draw lessons from that episode. After talking to his mother and knowing that the child was autistic and could not talk, Francisco told the audience: “He is mute, but he knows how to communicate, he knows how to express himself, what made me think: he’s free, indiscipline-free. But he’s free. ”
“He’s free,” the Pope admitted. Why? Because he does not fear ridicule, a completely subjective concept that always gags us. If for some the ridicule is not knowing how to dance, for others it is talking in public, not getting
success in the undertakings or interrupting the Pope himself during a ceremony. As in everything, to properly combine freedom and responsibility, it is essential to measure our actions well.
There are two basic emotions, love and fear, but fear is nothing more than lack of love. In these circumstances, the fear of rejection always paralyzes us, because our mind is built to compare ourselves with others.
That Argentine boy made the Pope think, and many other people. “I think this boy preached to all of us, and let’s ask for the grace that he can speak,” the pontiff said.
My reflection goes beyond the religious fact, the setting or the authority of the character. Keeping the child inside us alive is the perfect antidote to rigidity and intolerance. A child must learn the limits
between good and evil, and act accordingly in the course of his life to old age; but human beings should never lose freshness, fearlessness, curiosity, and self-control. It is true that nothing contributes
domestication and the hurricane of social pressure that we suffer in childhood, as I explain in my conferences about the Architecture of Being. We are in the dilemma of being free or simulating what others expect from us.