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What will become of work?

What will become of work?

Bishop Nick Knisely wonders what will become of work–and our human need to be creative and productive– in a world where more and more stuff is made by fewer and fewer people.

Entangled States:

Matthew Fox, the Episcopal priest, not the actor, is one of the few theologians I know who’s been thinking about the meaning of work and vocation within the larger matrix of an understanding of the purpose of Creation. There’s a sense in his writing, and of others, as well as that of sociologists, that human beings have a deep seated need to do meaningful work.

But there’s a problem lately. Jobs are going away. Even the cruddy, dehumanizing jobs of the sort that so many decried during the height of the Industrial revolution. With no work, and no way to provide for a family’s needs, it’s no wonder that we’re seeing a breakdown in the structures of community…,

…We need less workers to accomplish what we used to need….

…I think the Church clearly has a need to think this through. What will say to culture when the basic need of the community to provide meaningful work is no longer being met, but we still swim in a cornucopia of material goods that threatens to drown us.


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Michael Russell

1) Read Mike Rowe. There are millions of jobs going wanting in the skilled trades. Plumbers, electricians, etc. Just read Mike.

2) Let’s have a talk with the banks who are sitting of stimulus funds instead of reinvesting them.

3) Then let’s have a serious talk with those who think they are the John Galt creatives about the morality of holding their breath, and gagging us, till they get what they want.

4) Let’s make it illegal to refuse to hire people who are currently unemployed. Employers seem to prefer poaching already employed people over hiring someone who has been unemployed.

5) Do we really think we have an employer’s market right now by accident? Really? Spend 30 years busting unions, turn a blind eye as financial predators repeatedly plunder the economy, create a recession so that people will take the down escalator on pay scales and fight for entry level jobs and you have our present predicament.

Worried about jobs? We have a crumbling infrastructure of highways and bridges. There is enough work there to employ every able bodied person. If we don’t lots more people will be unemployed.

This is not a theological issue it is a Moral one.

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