There's a new term being bandied about, and it's high time we paid heed: integral ecology. Whenever the same notion arises synchronously in a number of different contexts -- in this case the Catholic Church, the Occupy movement, the climate movement, and the new-economy movement -- it's an idea whose time has arrived.
I could have done the "pretend not to see you" thing. Taking that option is part of life these days, especially in Chicago. She'd been standing in the middle of the intersection, trying to get money so that -- if she was to be believed -- she and her daughter could get dinner at the McDonald's on the corner.