[Note: This week I have begun to write weekly articles on various topics for the National Catholic Register. I will keep the articles still within the realm of “spiritual warfare” and look forward to this new venue and audience. For example, in the next week or so they will publish a review I did of a book on exorcism.
This week’s article is focused on renewing our thoughts about work and focusing it on the family. As a preface, the article’s only purpose is to speak against work outside the home that takes mothers and fathers away from their children. I see this producing great stress on the family and a source of much tension.
There is no political agenda behind the article (as some of the comments purport), but is simply meant to serve as an examination of work in our society and its effects on the family. Work has great dignity, but when it puts undue stress on the family, it must be re-evaluated.
For example, children need to see their fathers. If a father is never home because he is always working, that child will have many challenges in life and will struggle with who they are and their place in the world. While many fathers work constantly out of necessity to put food on the table, that should never be the ideal. We should strive as a society to re-examine how we do business and discover ways that serve the family instead of hinder it from thriving.
An Office (photo by Veronica Therese) Wikipedia
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
This proverb does not have much resonance with Americans. In an age of numerous technological advances meant to save us time and energy, we find ourselves working more than ever. Instead of working fewer hours and taking more vacation, we have freely chosen to do the opposite.
We live by the “American Dream” where anyone can achieve anything if we simply “work hard enough.” Often it means “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” in order to realize your dreams.
While these maxims are not inherently bad, we have taken them to a new level and are working more and playing less. Unfortunately the family has been caught in the crossfire. As we continue to put emphasis on work and “getting ahead,” our families are quickly eroding and falling apart.
Here are three examples of how America’s work ethic has been destroying families in recent history:
Read the rest at the National Catholic Register.