Thursday, May 28, 2020

Two Definitions — Peter Radford

In recent weeks we have become accustomed to calling someone an ‘essential worker’. These are our most important people. They are, if the dictionary doesn’t lie, indispensable. They are extremely important. They are key, crucial, vital, and needed. They sound pretty darned special to me. They must be doing things that, were they not doing them, would bring the economy to a screeching halt.
My goodness, they must be paid a lot. Surely anyone who is a vital cog in the machinery is paid commensurately with that importance.
Not really. Not at all for most of them — the exception here in the U.S. being doctors. No, most of our ‘essential workers’ are amongst our least well paid....
The Radford Free Press
Two Definitions
Peter Radford

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