The blog's anonymous author graduated from a law school that was in the top 50 ranked by U.S. News and World Report. He was on law review and even got a summer position at a firm after his second year. He didn't get a job offer though.I've never liked it when people talk down about being a janitor. Our soon-to-be-ex-superintendent threatened a district administrator by saying he'd demote her to janitor. I get that it's not a glamorous job, and certainly not one I'd enjoy, but I think that implicit in such talk is that being a janitor is beneath your dignity, that some are too good to be a janitor and some are not. I'm very uncomfortable with that kind of elitism. Honest work shouldn't be beneath anyone's dignity, no matter what the job.
This grad still hasn't found legal work and took a job selling cologne just before the holidays to make ends meet. Now he says he's "liveblogging the loss of my last shred of dignity."
So the blog writer mentioned above could be mocked, or chastised, because he talks of losing his dignity. No one takes that from you, you give it away. People have faced a lot worse than a retail job and managed to retain their dignity.
But we all understand his point. He wanted "more" than a retail job. He worked for more. And he currently doesn't have it. Whether it be prestige or pay or whatever else, he wanted more, and he can rightly feel disappointed for not yet having achieved it. I can sympathize with that. And I respect his decision to take the (honest) job he took in order to support himself. That's admirable.
On the other hand, his current situation is temporary; I can't imagine that he'll still be selling cologne in a few years. Instead of whining about his dignity, he should continue working towards the profession for which he's trained. Instead of talking down about customers or the people he works with, he should take some pride that his fellow employees come to him expecting him to know the answers to their questions; perhaps he can gain some empathy by working amongst the people he seems to look down upon. He doesn't look down on them as people--he feels a kinship for working the same "dehumanizing" and "soul-crushing" job with them--but since he doesn't think anyone should have to work retail, and some of the people he writes about do have to work retail, it's hard not to come to the conclusion that he does think he's better than they are, at least in the abstract.
He's looking at his current condition as a glass-half-empty. He could choose to look at it in a different way.