The Christmas message of Pope Francis fails to resonate with so many of us working stiffs.
The meme is focused on outliers such as refugees fleeing political dictatorships. Meanwhile around the world is the very concrete suffering of unemployed and underemployed lawyers. In England and Wales barristers are starving, including the same-old of living with their parents into their 30s. In the U.S., the tale has become too tedious to tell.
In addition, there is the palpable despair of aging who can't find a way to generate income. That's despite the Q3 GDP of 5%. Why doesn't Pope Francis read the body language of the Baby Boomers who go for interviews in Metro areas. They leave that process knowing they are no longer useful in capitalism.
Yes, as Pope Francis notes, there are many tears this Christmas. But those in the Professional Class shedding them, one might say, are the lucky ones. Some others, especially among college students, have already given up. They are the suicides among our best and brightest. Students at the Universities of Virginia, Ohio, Stony Brook and Columbia were not outliers.