I think it’s a sad sign when people, upon being introduced, have to resort to asking one another what they do for a living. The question assumes that people are defined by the jobs that they do, and, on the other hand, that they actually want to talk about while not at work. For some people, their jobs are a large part of their lives, and there’s a good reason. A small percentage of people have jobs that actually define them – or perhaps it’s more correct to say to say that they define those job roles.

Teachers are often that sort of person. Go ahead and ask them what they make. As someone did for this guy:

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