Sunday, 10 July 2016

Towards a better world through jobs with meaning

Recent horrors in which young people take out their frustrations through violence against unknown others underline the importance of what Victor Frankl called Man’s Search for Meaning. Offered a future reduced in the mainstream to making, selling and buying consumer goods, many of them worthless,  and a race for the jobs so required  it should come as no surprise if some pursue seemingly more “meaningful” vocations, including religious apotheosis. Is it farfetched to believe that economic lives grounded on serious social benefuts might reduce somewhat a sense of emptiness in contrast to which religious fundamentalism seems both more important and responsible.  A social economy, with jobs built on values could do something to alleviate the growing sense of meaninglessness engendered by consumer lives. And yes, there is more to mass shootings than the bad jobs of perpetrators, but no-one should ignore the effect of perceived meaninglessness on the its subjects.