Pursuant to Article 20 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland of 1997, “A social market economy based on the freedom of business operation, private property and solidarity, dialogue and cooperation of social partners forms the basis of the economic system of the Republic of Poland”. The cornerstones of economic order thus understood and based on economic foundations and on socio-ethical and socio-psychological grounds have fundamentally important significance for the development of each country and, ultimately, for the desired growth of our well-being both in its material and spiritual dimensions.
The driving force behind such social market economy is entrepreneurship, work is the tool, and the goal is the prosperity that is a good which is important both for the citizens of our country and for all institutions of our state community.
Issues related to work and just pay, entrepreneurship and social market economy as well as well-being are an inspiration to reflect on the common good and quality of life in the Polish society, as well as on modern forms of patriotism in their entrepreneurial and economic forms of expression.
- “Work on work has been assigned to us” (John Paul II, Szczecin 1987). Thirty-one years after the formulation of this appeal that is also a task assigned by John Paul II, it still remains without a profound answer on our side, as a task “not fully completed”, despite its importance for the common good of all and for the Polish social order.
- “What is work? Let me answer: work is a special form of conversation between man and man, serving to sustain and develop human life. In short: work is a conversation in the service of life “(Józef Tischner, Etyka solidarności, Kraków 2005, p. 25).
- We live in a world of interdependence between people. “It is all about the fact of interdependence understood as a system that determines relations in the modern world, in its economic, cultural, political and religious components; interdependence accepted as a moral category. A proper response to this understanding of interdependence – as a moral and social attitude, as a “virtue” – is solidarity. It is not […] only unspecified compassion or superficial affection in the face of the evil that afflicts many people, close or distant. On the contrary, it is a strong and lasting will to engage on behalf of the common good, that is the good of everyone and anyone, because we are all really responsible for everyone. This will is based on a profound conviction that inhibition of full development is due to the desire for profit and […] the desire for power. “(John Paul II, Sollicitudo rei socialis, No. 38).