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work and Gen 2 vs. welfare and idolatry toward govt, safety, and Mammon

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Enjoying this film from Arthur Brooks. Reminds me of Charles Murray in his phenomenal book “In Pursuit” where he uses Maslow’s Hierarchy to discuss self-actualization, etc.

Most provocative observation (for me): both the Left and the Right often see work as a “punishment”: something from which people are to be exempted or inflicted upon. A Christian worldview insists that “work” is a pre-Fall / Gen 2 institution that is essential to our well-being.

It also reminds me of the consensus on welfare by the 1990s that it sucked, leading to the Clinton/GOP reforms. On the Right, it was inefficient; on the Left, it was seen as dehumanizing. Both were/are right. 

We’re working with a handful of able-bodied young people these days, where welfare payments to them (for SSDI) are so debilitating. Sad to watch; hard to help. #ThanksGovt #WhoWillBuildTheRoads


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