Thursday, May 31, 2012

"Meaningful Work"

I adore Thomas Sowell.

I just finished reading The Thomas Sowell Reader and it was outstanding. I highly, highly recommend it.

He is at his best when explaining economic concepts and the difference between the elites/anointed ones and the regular folks.

This short but sweet column is no exception.

"In the real world, many things are done simply because they have to be done, not because doing them brings immediate pleasure to those who do them."

And this point reminds me precisely of the Quebec student riots. At all these riots, one hears about 38 year old "students" taking a degree in patchouli studies.

"Telling young people that some jobs are “menial” is a huge disservice to them and to the whole society."

"Subsidizing them in idleness while they wait for “meaningful work” is just asking for trouble, both for them and for all those around them."

That is a great phrase with devastating societal consequences.

We are subsidizing an entire generation of idleness.