The ideal of the Youth of Mondragón is to make of this town the model of the industrial towns of Guipúzcoa (1941).
This priest considers the domain of human realities within his purview when what he does and preaches is simply the nature and the need for a new spirit of justice and love. A spirit which is able to materialize in tangible realities that are within the grasp of people, as a response to something beyond personal gain, greed, and narrow selfish benefit. In any case, we already know where the powerful and blind forces normally are: the people, the masses, which have been, are and will continue to be the majority, will find that they have just causes, well-reasoned ideas and moral force. However, (…) “ it is not the lack of power but the lack of knowledge” that impedes the promotion of justice, right ideas and the moral strength of the people. It is through this knowledge that we can deduce the perennial words of the messengers of truth that are applicable today, although some will say that this knowledge does not put food on the table. Messengers are needed, objective messages are needed, and the discussion must not be so much who is the messenger but what the message says, since this message is what must be repeated to each generation.
Justice can not be practiced where human dignity is ignored.
Human beings not only have stomachs or some material needs, but also have a growing awareness of their dignity.
People die not only from hunger and physical exhaustion but also from boredom and sadness, and from the lack of hope and joy of life.
A well-laden pantry does not satisfy the yearnings of one who works in an organization.
If one desires that economic activity attain its human objective, multiple reforms and, better yet, a change in mentality, are indispensable. It is definitely the human person who is the author, center, and end of all economic and social life.
A social good must be proven by the benefit it gives the economy in the same manner that an economic good is authenticated by the good it does to society.
Knowing if we can live with dignity is what it is all about. Living with dignity means being able to take care of ourselves. In this aspect, we can not be satisfied with any paternalism, just like we can not be pleased, as free human beings, with any paradise that is walled in.
The idea is to institutionalize honesty. Better yet, the idea is to institutionalize human greatness.