“The love of economy is the root of all virtue.” George Bernard Shaw
One of the many definitions of love is, “tenderness, concern and care for another person”. When we love somebody we should show it at all times. However, let’s be honest, it’s hard to show love to others and ourselves when we are unemployed or have career and financial issues. Sometimes, it has the power to spiral us into a pit of despair and depression. It happens so gradually that we begin to accept this as the way things are. We begin to believe we are powerless. As our spirit weakens so does our confidence. The way we feel about ourselves is directly correlated to how we think and treat others.
I understand this because I have once been there myself and unfortunately I see it happening to too many of those around me. Many of my friends are either unemployed or are stuck in miserable jobs which offer little or no opportunity for growth.
A bad economy creates fear. The fear can be so strong that we often times are unable to bring ourselves to take the necessary risks in order to move forward and pursue happiness. All of which brings me to a profound quote by the ancient Greek philosopher and statesman Pericles, “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”
Recent college graduates and the 20-something age group, the very same groups which supported President Obama in overwhelming numbers, are now experiencing high unemployment, financial instability and the personal angst that comes with it.
It is important that they realize the power to change is within themselves and that the American Dream does indeed still exist. It is also equally important that they remember Pericles during our nation’s next election.