Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, said that humanity resided in mutual respect and interconnectedness.
Speaking about South Africa years after apartheid’s end, he noted there were still yawning schisms of race and class and mad consumerism.
He named poverty as one of the most serious challenges facing the world.
“We will never win a war against terror as long as the conditions for poverty and injustice remain,’’ Tutu said.
Speaking to a group of teenagers, Tutu said: “How about exporting your generosity instead of your bombs? You are the future of the world. Don’t become cynical like us old folks who made a mess of the world. The world is hurting. Go and heal it.’’
Tutu has more than once quoted the old Hindu saying that wealth is like manure in a field. It makes a bad smell in a large heap. When distributed across a field, the smell is non-existent and whole soil becomes fertile.