We grow up believing in fairy tales and superheroes. We come to know them through the stories read to us as small children and later, the comic books stashed under our beds.
We believe that every princess will be rescued by her knight-in-shining-armor. Likewise, we trust that the heroes will beat any villain that comes their way.
Entire industries are based on these ideas and millions of dollars in profits are earned (think Disney princess and Marvel Comics.)
Our assumption about heroes is that they wear capes and have superhuman powers far beyond anything the average person possesses.
But, this isn’t always true.
Sometimes they wear work casual clothes and educate the next generation. Some wear specific uniforms: police, fire, EMS. Many wear scrubs and a stethoscope. Farmers often wear overalls into their fields and barns. A great many wear shirts, aprons, and vests, branded with their company logo.
They’re the working class and you find them in a wide variety of vocations: trucking, warehouse, retail, restaurant, utility, post office, delivery, etc.
These folks are all of us. “Regular” people who live their lives under the radar. Most of them won’t ever win a Pulitzer Prize, discover a cure, break a world record, or enjoy the adoration of millions of fans.
But, they’re heroes, nonetheless.
We’re hearing a lot about them these days and learning how important their work is to our everyday lives. Some of us have the luxury to stay at home, while these people are putting their own health and safety on the line. Some of them have to and some want to.
Either way, we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. And I know exactly how to show our thanks.
It’s time to change the minimum wage to a living wage.
What they’re doing for us isn’t minimal, it’s essential.
And it’s essential for every American to demand the change.
Word of the Day
FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2020
a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character.