The Pope has always been concerned with high unemployment and last week at a ceremony celebrating the 130th anniversary of an Italian steelworks he made the following comments:
“It is necessary to reaffirm that employment is necessary for society, for families and for individuals”, said the Pope. “Its primary value is the good of the human person, as it allows the individual to be fully realised as such, with his or her attitudes and intellectual, creative and manual capacities. Therefore, it follows that work has not only the economic objective of profit, but above all a purpose that regards man and his dignity. And if there is no work, this dignity is wounded! Indeed, the unemployed and underemployed risk being relegated to the margins of society, becoming victims of social exclusion”.
PopeWatch believes that a fair amount of young people will end up making their own employment opportunities through self-employment in the years to come. What the Great Recession may ultimately teach quite a few of the younger generation is that if you want a job best to create one yourself rather than waiting for someone to hire you. I know a young man locally who is making quite a decent living doing minor home repairs. He does good work and is currently getting more word of mouth job referrals than he can handle. A young mother has a dog walking business, along with taking animals to vets, and pet sitting, that she began as a lark and is now providing part time employment for herself, a sister and two friends. Entrepreneurship and hard work can accomplish miracles in making careers in hard times.