"I sought among them for a man that might set up a hedge, and stand in the gap before me in favor of the land." Ezekiel 22:30

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Those Catholic Men: The Long Run


My latest article for Those Catholic Men deals with looking at the long run vs. the short run as a Catholic man. Should we worry about the way things are shaping up in 2016, or should our concerns be tempered by the knowledge that we need to think about eternity? Here's a sample:
The 20th century economist John Maynard Keynes famously wrote: “In the long run, we’re all dead.” The quip was meant in some ways as a tongue-in-cheek jab at those who did not share his views about the long-run effects of high government spending, and in context is a criticism of what Keynes perceived as flaws in his opponents’ thinking. Although technically speaking the term “long run” has no definitive calendar equivalent in economics (“long run” is really only applicable within the context of a given model), and despite Keynes’ more ironic intentions, the statement is ultimately true, for in the longest of runs within the only model – life – that truly matters we are dead, on earth at least. 
But for a Catholic, that is precisely the point.

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