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Who are you?

I have never answered this question with the word, “worker.”

When people want to know what type of work a person does, they ask, “what do you do?” not “who are you?”

“Who are you” gets responses like, “a mom,” “so-and-so’s cousin,” “so-and-so’s teacher.”  We talk about who we are in relation to other people.

If we’re asking ourselves, “who am I,” we might say things like, “I’m a caring, giving person,” or employ other adjectives to explain our personhood.

My work is rewarding.  I spent many years being educated to do my work.  I hope to do my work for many years to come.

But it’s not who I am.  It’s an expression of who I am.

And I’m god-damned tired of our leader and our potential leaders talking about their constituents as if they were leaders of a beehive, not a democracy.

from oneida.uwex.edu

So, Mr. President or Mr. President-wanna-be, try talking to us as citizens of the world’s greatest democracy?  You’re not my boss.  You’re my president.

Now get back to work.  You have an important job and the clock is ticking.