On work
Yonatan Zunger

One of the key places I’ve seen the dignity issue addressed is among volunteers and within disenfranchised communities. An unemployed student who coaches in her local youth soccer league may be called “coach” in various social situations, while a church deacon is always “Deacon So-and-So.” References will be made to the retired person “who works so dependably for Meals on Wheels” without noting their work is unpaid. Part of it is retraining ourselves, I think, to acknowledge the many ways that others contribute and valorize those more through deliberate and conscious praise. Not all key contributors and staff are paid.

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