Well Said: Pope Francis on Using Uncertainty to Avoid Decisions

The news of the day is the encyclical on climate change from the Vatican. The document is surprisingly clear and canny; reading it, one can easily forget that it comes not from some management science guru but from the leader of one of the world’s great religions.

“As often occurs in periods of deep crisis which require bold decisions, we are tempted to think that what is happening is not entirely clear. Superficially, apart from a few obvious signs of pollution and deterioration, things do not look that serious, and the planet could continue as it is for some time. Such evasiveness serves as a licence to carrying on with our present lifestyles and models of production and consumption. This is the way human beings contrive to feed their self-destructive vices: trying not to see them, trying not to acknowledge them, delaying the important decisions and pretending that nothing will happen.”

      Pope Francis