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I have just been watching a quiz show and noticed it appears to be essential that you define yourself by your occupation. Why do we judge others by the job they do. It is very shallow indication of a persons worth, dont you think?
No single variable, including one's job, can define someone, and the problem is that people make assumptions based on occupation. However, there are a handful of variables that give you a 'start' understanding someone. If I say "Jack is a 38 year old married cable repairman from Minneapolis", in just a sentence you at least have some categories, he may not be defined but he's better defined than if I'd said "Jack" alone.
Why cant we just say im a human trying to do my best in an imperfect world, just like the rest of us.
So by consensus we must adhere to this game show protocol. I have changed so often in my working life, Rebel, union activist, paratrooper, signal engineer , antiques dealer , ice cream salesman, auctioneer,painter, telephone engineer, life guard, international furniture dealer... the list goes on.. but i have to say retired ,well nearly retired..So how do you judge me with any of these handles?
1) didn't have a college education (I wanted someone who was an educational peer)
Asking what someone does is a conversation starter for people you've just met or have been introduced to. Most of the time it leads to further small talk, but sometimes it allows you to really get to know someone.
sometimes it is a conversation disaster...picture the girl bringing her favorite guy home to meet mom and when mom asks what does he do for a living, he answers any of the following:
well, i guess you see what i mean...
And how about someone who is self-educated, yet couldn't afford to pay for a degree?