And to devalue themselves, their work, their achievements and their potential for happiness if they do happen to end up in a working class job.
You’re not better than people in low paid jobs, and no job is beneath you. People are so much more than the things they have to do to pay rent. The economy is wrecked, and inequality is widening, both in terms of income and opportunity. It’s fucked up that people’s worth is measured by the money they make and the status of their job (or lack of job). It’s fucked up that minimum wages are set as low as businesses can get away with, not by what people need to live. It’s fucked up that your social class, race and gender will still skew your chances of success.
If you see a low wage worker or unemployed person you don’t know their story. You don’t know the choices they’ve had to make, or the struggles they’ve faced, or the things they’re proud of, and the things they’re working towards.
Can I add that manual labour does not necessarily mean low wage?