That well-meaning meme is a very partial assessment how value too often is determined in America. After all, the U.S. of A.. is the global headquarters for capitalism.
That we indeed are our jobs had recently been played out in the 24-news cycle when Preet Bharara was fired by president Donald Trump.
Bharara's former position had been U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. From Saturday afternoon until yesterday afternoon he was unemployed. That reduced his being to just another one of the men and women who had lost a big job. He was "unemployed."
That's an awful space to inhabit in America. Yes, we are our jobs. And the businesses we own.
New York University School of Law announced that Bharara was going to be the new "Distinguished Scholar in Residence. Here is the coverage by Abovethelaw's lawyer-journalist Joe Patrice.
In addition, not all jobs are equal. For example, attend any supposedly "social" event. Those with the big jobs are magnets for not only attention. But deference. That extends to entrepreneurship.
In the years when my communications boutique had been making substantial profits, the preparer of taxes seemed to treat me with more respect than in those not-so-successful timeframes. When times were flush, he even swung by my office for signatures. Not so during 2009, following The Crash.
Reflection: Should those advising youth be straight and hammer the importance of one's work identity?
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