Too Essential

Are you noticing, though, that it’s not even positive or negative, vaccinated or unvaccinated, infectious or not? It’s strictly about essential vs non-essential, with the non-essential totally lording it over the essential.

You are too essential to deserve consideration. To deserve a face, a school, a body, a mind, an experience of normalcy. Shut up and provide your body for medical experimentation and your hands for work.

In the USSR, it was all about the workers and the peasants. The first ever state of the workers and the peasants! All power to the working classes! But the reality was that workers lived in barracks and peasants weren’t allowed to have passports so that they wouldn’t be able to leave their place of residence. They were so essential they had to stay put and weren’t allowed any form of ID.

7 thoughts on “Too Essential

  1. Ah, Clarissa, this comment is addressed to the obviously odious once-mandatory USSR cultural and class rules that you spell out in your two posts, “TWO ESSENTIALS” and “FACELESS PEONS.” I can see how those injustices have burned into your psyche. But while I feel your anguish, I believe it is overwrought for two reasons:

    America isn’t the old USSR, and many people (including you) are feeling free to ignore the neo-cultural/class rules without being taken away to the gulag — you may feel the social pressure, but you’re allowed to survive and prosper because of your useful talents. So you will ultimately win.

    Also, it helps to remember the cynical reality about life and human existence; It’s a waste of time taking life’s silly details too seriously, since you’ll never get out of it alive, anyway.



    1. In terms of ideology, it was to be the second most progressive class and the driver of positive change. In reality, it was to provide food for free. Soviet peasants weren’t paid in money for their work in the kolkhoz. They were paid in “workdays.” You had to rack up a number of “workdays” (which were longer than actual work days) to get some food in return. No money, no land, no form of ID, no capacity to move. Peasants were considered less reliable than factory workers, so they were literally second-class inhabitants. Not really citizens because they were by birth deprived of some of the civil rights other groups enjoyed. It was glorified serfdom, pretty much.

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      1. I see, thankyou 🙂 May I ask, regarding the following sentence:

        “Not really citizens because they were by birth deprived of some of the civil rights other groups enjoyed. It was glorified serfdom, pretty much.”

        Is it reasonable to say that peasants in the USSR find equivalence with, say:

        1) the working poor in the USA who work on temp contracts, who require food stamps just to survive, or perhaps;

        2) those on welfare in the United Kingdom who are thrust into so-called “work for the dole” programs, where they perform work for private companies practically for free, or maybe;

        3) anyone who is incarcerated, especially for a non violent offence, and expected to perform work.

        More and more everything happening today looks the same as what happened before.


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