Pope Francis reminds us that there is a wide meaning to that vocabulary word. There’s an artistic sense in making do with a minimal amount and creating something more than the sum of parts. These days, too many people think of the economy as a zero-sum operation. Or worse.
206. Economy, as the very word indicates, should be the art of achieving a fitting management of our common home, which is the world as a whole. Each meaningful economic decision made in one part of the world has repercussions everywhere else; consequently, no government can act without regard for shared responsibility. Indeed, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find local solutions for enormous global problems which overwhelm local politics with difficulties to resolve. If we really want to achieve a healthy world economy, what is needed at this juncture of history is a more efficient way of interacting which, with due regard for the sovereignty of each nation, ensures the economic well-being of all countries, not just of a few.
Yesterday we noted the Holy Father writing of politics as a vocation. Today we have a suggestion that there is an art to fitting the disparate pieces together in order that all may enjoy the benefits of human endeavor. Clearly, we need more artists and people of vocation as leaders.