No matter his age, a man needs something to read when he is sitting on the toilet.
At least that’s what I told my girlfriend when, the other day, she caught me sneaking into the bathroom with my laptop.
While I was sitting in there I opened up a quote by E.B. White.
E.B. White, of course, authored the elementary school standard, Charlotte’s Web.
Not to be confused with the movie Babe. Which Wikipedia says beat out Apollo 13 for the best visual effects Oscar in 1995? No kidding.
White also coauthored the English language equivalent of Mao’s Little Red Book, which American college freshman will recognize as The Elements of Style.
Anyway, what White said was, “The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.”
I would counter with the time not to become someone’s child is 22 years before a global recession, as shown by a 2010 study by the International Labor Organization.
“The classic premise that youth are more vulnerable to economic shocks” is true the ILO said, and “young people are the ‘first out’ and ‘last in’ during times of economic recession.”
In the year since that report was first published things have hardly improved at all. Global youth unemployment has stalled at 12.6 percent. That’s roughly 74.6 million people, aged 15 to 24, all over the world, with no j-o-b.
In the United States alone the number of unemployed youth, as of July 2011, was 4.1 million, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, down from 4.4 million a year ago.
Though the numbers suggest things are improving, the rate of recovery seems a snail’s pace.