“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36 NKJV
There has been some interest in the “The Great Resignation” of late.
This is the term for the relatively new phenomenon of “perfectly” sane people voluntarily opting out of their jobs, professions, and careers. The term was brilliantly coined by Anthony Klotz, PhD, Professor of Business Administration, and an Associate Professor of Management at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University.
People are seeing work in a much different light than before, not just holding onto a job, but pulling the plug, and saying goodby to the past. Sounds simple enough, right? Hardly, but for many the desire for change seems too alluring.
Following the trauma of the COVID outbreak in 2020, many people in the workforce were ordered to “shelter in place” by unprecedented government mandates. Many businesses, especially so-called non-essential businesses and companies were forced to shut down. The economic toll has not yet been fully tallied as the long-range effects from food production to technology, manufacturing, and supply chains, and for every profession. The politically motivated local, state, and federal lockdowns were utterly unprecedented. For most people this was an emotional and financial shock of seismic proportions.
Millions of workers—both men and women, have simply opted out of their jobs and are doing something else… anything else.
But what are they doing? Based one report from MSN News, “One in five workers from 44 different countries intends to switch jobs in the next year.” Furthermore, “Experts say better wages and the search for more fulfilling careers have driven workers to switch jobs.” As if we needed another reason, this is certainly a good indication that whatever job reports we are being given, we should look at them with some degree of suspicion
We may be witnessing a major societal and cultural paradigm shift unlike any other in modern history. So, for that matter, can modern history teach us anything about what’s happening today? If we are paying attention, we might see how globalism, open society, and an extraordinarily small number of men and women—some might say the 1 percent off the 1 present—are poised to bring about the collapse of the remaining sovereign nations and governments in western civilization.
On May 23, The Daily Wire reported on the remarks by Klaus Schwab, (pictured) executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, who stated flatly, “By a powerful community as you here in this room,” he said, “We have the means to improve the state of the world, but two conditions are necessary: The first one, is that we act all as stakeholders of larger communities, so that we serve not only our self-interests but we serve the community. That’s what we call ‘stakeholder responsibility.” [We have discussed stakeholder as opposed to shareholder in a previous essay.]
“And second, that we collaborate,” he added. “And this is the reason why you find many opportunities here during the meeting to engage into… action and impact initiatives to make progress related to specific issues on the global agenda.” Sounds pretty good, right?
A massive shift in wealth distribution has left the middle class with less than 40% of all global wealth, while the 1.1% of the global population holds nearly 46% of all wealth. Holding down a job, pursuing a career, living on retirement, all pale into insignificance compared to the amount of change in wealth distribution since 1990. And of late? “From the end of 2019 to 2020, the top 1% of Americans added just about $4 trillion to their wealth. According to data from the Federal Reserve, the top 1% of Americans held about $34.58 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2019. By the fourth quarter of 2020, they had $38.61 trillion.” (From Business Insider)
For these reasons, it’s next to impossible to draw precise conclusions about what the future will hold for anyone living in such a complex, yet devolving civilization with this much change in wealth distribution. One other sobering takeaway is this: “Low-wage and non-white workers have been continually hit the hardest throughout the pandemic. And post-pandemic prospects for low-wage workers are also murky: most of them may have to change careers, and pick up new skills to stay afloat.” Which brings us to the possibility that not all job change is voluntary as the World Economic Forum would like us to think in this intriguing article by “an expert,” writing for WEForum in November 2021.
Are the colossally wealthy few contributing to this phenomenon of changing priorities among most people today; people who are merely striving for comfortable, less stressful, enjoyable, even meaningful work and career? Whether the World Economic Forum is responsible for creating such change, it seems pretty clear the WEF is deeply involved in it.
In the final analysis, conservatives, and particularly conservative Christians, would do well to study these developments and conclude that, “Making America Great Again,” as brilliant a campaign slogan as it was, faces a formidable adversary from the “global community.”
- Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
We should completely get over the idea of business—or politics—as usual, and realize that many will one day seek desperately for The Truth, and the comfort He brings. All of us will leave this earth with nothing we have acquired, because it already belongs to Him. The question is, do we belong to Him