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We were created with a vocation to work. The goal should not be that technological progress increasingly replace human work, for this would be detrimental to humanity. Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfillment. Helping the poor financially must always be a provisional solution in the face of pressing needs. The broader objective should always be to allow them a dignified life through work.

Laudato Si'
Everything is interesting if you know how to work on it.

The Story of a New Name
In many cases, jobs that used to be done by people are going to be able to be done through automation. I don't have an answer to that. That's one of the more perplexing problems of society.
I see nothing to suggest that the trends... toward increased demand for conceptual skills in our workforce will end. The rapidity of innovation and the unpredictability of the directions it may take imply a need for considerable investment in human capital.

Speech, State College, Pennsylvania. 'Structural Change in the New Economy' (2000)
One less welcome byproduct of rapid economic and technological change...is the evident insecurity felt by many workers despite the tightest labor markets in decades. This anxiety stems, I suspect, from a fear of job skill obsolescence, and one very tangible measure of it is the pressure on our education and training systems to prepare and adapt workers to effectively run the new technologies.

Speech, State College, Pennsylvania. 'Structural Change in the New Economy' (2000)
There's a certain really quite unimaginable intellectual interest that one gets from working in the context where you have to put broad theoretical and fairly complex conceptual issues to a test in the marketplace.

Speech, Washington, D.C. (2000)
The greatest testimony to the human spirit that I'm witnessing now is the fact that people still come back to work, after all that has been done to them. They are still willing to participate for a more positive future if they would be sincerely invited.

Interview with Scott London, U.S. National Public Radio (1996)
Fortunately, problems are an everyday part of our life. Consider this: If there were no problems, most of us would be unemployed.
Problem-solving becomes a very important part of our makeup as we grow into maturity or move up the corporate ladder.
If you keep working, you'll last longer, and I just want to keep vertical. I'd hate to spend the rest of my life trying to outwit an 18-inch fish.

New York Times (1997)
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