“Yet it is the peculiar genius of our society that its rulers have figured out a way, as in the case of the fish-fryers, to ensure that rage is directed precisely against those who actually do get to do meaningful work. For instance: in our society, there seems a general rule that, the more obviously one’s work benefits other people, the less one is likely to be paid for it.”

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant

One lesson we should learn from the pandemic is that we did once recognize there is a class of worked deemed essential, and these people who do that work deserve our respect and the ability to earn a living.