The Privilege of Not Working

Finally — weeks too late — I’m going home from what my company considers “essential work.” I program and repair electrical devices the company manufactures in a Dallas warehouse. These devices are crucial in efficient energy infrastructure. It’s high-skilled labor, I’m told. Many coworkers with electrical engineering degrees have precisely the same job, with a fancier title and a larger salary. By contrast, I cut my teeth in the Navy, where I went to basic electronics school and worked on missile systems. But anyone could do this job with a little coaching. You plug in a power source, you turn a wrench…