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Excerpt from: Lessons of Hope - Reflections around Covid 19
The word essential comes from essence, essence is the quality that makes a thing or person what it, he or she is. Synonyms for essence are, being, nature, soul, stuff and substance. Words related to essence are heart, spirit, alpha and omega, center, core, keynote, seat embodiment, epitome, incarnation, manifestation, personification and nub. Essence is known as the core attribute of something such as, the essence of democracy is the rule of the people. What is most beautiful about this word is the connection between spirit, soul and embodiment. It is the pouring of the spirit embodied. Essential workers are the alpha and omega not only during this crisis but also during the everyday of, so called normality!
The health care works, bus drivers, grocery store workers and all further essential workers such as teachers and more are the alpha and omega of our society. This is becoming very clear during this time of crisis. As I am writing there is an article in today’s Guardian how Hedge Fund speculators are earning billions during this time of the pandemic, whist essential workers are not only putting their lives and those of their families at risk but are also underpaid. This is shameful.
Human beings working in public service, in the broadest sense of the word, I am including all essential workers including the cleaning staff in hospitals and grocery stores, do so with a sense of purpose for others. This is more than taking pride in your work, it has something to do with embodied spiritedness and a sense of purpose for others. This is what is driving the essential workers especially, but not only, during this time of crisis.
Following this pandemic, we as a society will have reflect and act upon having millions of human beings doing the most important work but getting the least appreciated and paid. This inequity cannot continue. We need a more equal economy valuing and treasuring the work which upholds our everyday lives.
The service industry society is a far cry away from the valuing of work as is known from worker’s pride and identification during let us say the 50’s and 60’s. Billions of human beings maintain especially our urban daily lives with low paying jobs, a new kind of slave labor class has ensued and this can no longer be tolerated. It is unbelievable that the owner of amazon can amass hundreds of millions in personal wealth while amazon workers are under paid, poorly protected during this pandemic and asked to take sick-leave without pay. This is scandalous!
Essential workers, all work is essential, because we do not only live in a society with lock-down measures, at least we hope to return to the vibrancy of everyday life, even if a new, deserve a livelihood and humane and safe working conditions. This includes the ‘essential workers’ suffering in the cobalt mines of the Congo so that the auto industry can manufacture climate neutral automobiles for the developed countries.
May this crisis and the bravery of essential workers make us reflect upon the conditions and nature of work and practice a new kind of solidarity with workers world-wide.
Essential workers: embodied spirit,- don’t forget.