There is plenty
of evidence that unemployment has many far-reaching effects other than loss
of income, including psychological harm, loss of work motivation, skill and
self-confidence, increase in ailments and morbidity (and even mortality
rates), disruption of family relations and social life, hardening of social
exclusion and accentuation of racial tensions and gender asymmetries.AmartyaSen, Development as Freedom (New York:
Alfred A. Knopf, 1999), pp.94-95. [Sen is winner
of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics.]
The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.
In truth, the average American not only wants to work, but
strives to do a good job. People don’t want 20 hours a week; they
want a real job—a full-time, 40-hour a week job. And it’s more
than just the money. They want a destination, a place to go when they get
up in the morning, something productive to give their lives structure. Such
a pity that even so modest a goal as having a full-time job is now
considered a “luxury.”David
Macaray, LA playwright and author
and former union rep.
National Jobs for All Coalition
P.O. Box 96
203-856-3877 Lynbrook, NY11563
The National Jobs for All Coalition is a
501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.