At another level, the roots of the contradiction between the solemnaffirmation of human rights and their tragic denial in practice lies ina notion of freedom which exalts the isolated individual in anabsolute way, and gives no place to solidarity, to openness to othersand service of them. . . It is precisely in this sense that Cain's answer to the Lord's question: "Where is Abel your brother?" can be interpreted: "I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?" (Gen 4:9). Yes,every man is his "brother's keeper", because God entrusts us to oneanother. (St. John Paul II, The Gospel of Life [], no. 19)


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