On Fridays, we bring you the week’s best from around the web. This week’s collection features lessons on work from the movie “Office Space,” an argument for why Taylor Swift is on the wrong side of history in the music industry, and more.
“The Biggest Reason for Income Inequality Is Single Parenthood” by Aparna Mathur, American Enterprise Institute
Single parenting as a cultural phenomenon represents not just a change in the way we view and judge ourselves as a society. Growing evidence suggests that it has implications far beyond that. The better we understand it, the closer we will be to understanding the challenging economic issues of poverty, income inequality and social mobility.
“How the Christian Worldview Changes Our Approach to Poverty” by Joseph Sunde, Acton Institute
Christianity sets forth that humans are made in the image of God—that we have particular God-like characteristics when it comes to creation, cultivation, compassion, relationship, and so on. Such a remarkable truth tells us something deeply profound about the world we live in, as well as how we ought to respond in any number of situations.
“15 Things Successful People Do in Their 20s” by Richard Feloni, Business Insider
The choices you make in this critical decade lay the foundation for your career, relationships, health, and well-being. While nothing can replace learning through firsthand experience, you can save some stress by listening to those who have already been through it.
“Office Space: The Benefits of Working with Your Hands” by Dylan Pahman, Humane Pursuits
While comical, the film raises interesting questions about work, rest, and laziness, to which the Christian ascetic tradition has much to say. Rather than a burden, manual labor can be a means to spiritual rest.
“Taylor Swift Is on the Wrong Side of History” by Wesley Gant, Values & Capitalism
Spotify isn’t for the well-established artists; it’s for up-and-coming talent that is begging for exposure, hoping that if just a small piece of the massive Spotify audience catches onto their music they can fill larger venues, sell more merchandise, and build a large enough following to land bigger deals.