The solution, John Paul II tells us, is to return to the understanding of family as the sanctuary of life. Yes, family is a sacred thing! It is the place where life – which is a gift from God – may be properly and authentically welcomed, protected and developed.
He says: “In the face of the so-called culture of death, the family is the heart of the culture of life.”
The State matters.
This extends also to the level of the state. According to the former Pope the state and society as a whole have a great responsibility. They must strive for both the defence and preservation of “common goods,” including the natural and human environments, which “constitute the essential framework for the legitimate pursuit of personal goals on the part of each individual.”
So if we want to have a hope of addressing the problem of addiction and its wider milieu of consumerism, then at both the individual and state level we need to start promoting and defending the family, in which a proper understanding of the human person and an awareness of authentic living may flourish.
A society rooted in such an awareness will eventually yield structures according to which the family can thrive and consumerism may be regulated and determined by lifestyles “in which the quest for truth, beauty, goodness and communion with others for the sake of common growth are the factors.”