First of all: if you were that confident it wasn't about you, you wouldn't feel the need to remark on it. Might even say something like "Yeah, that's true" bc you have eyes & can see what's happening around you.
But these farmers' great self-esteem had nothing to do w reality.
An interesting thing about them: they do it by having specific labor practices. Being a good boss isn't something you ARE. It's something you DO.
What does that do for keeping your farm running? For reinvestment in your community?
If that's all they have to say for themselves, that's how you know they're in la la land. There's way too much willful ignorance going on in this industry about labor. Let's cut the crap.
God bless "condescending."
That's how you know someone's got nothing to actually say for themselves. All they can do is fuss about "condescension" because they can't actually say you're wrong.
Half-baked farmers know our society sees farmers w a certain reverence, & demand to be treated accordingly- or else. THAT's condescending.
If you're good at your job? Doesn't matter what that job is. I respect you. Pickers, plumbers, farmers, doctors, janitors, truck drivers, I don't care. I respect anybody who's professional & responsible with their work.
A participation trophy, if you will.
Anyone notice what's not mentioned there? Being good at your job!
It's just a fancy way to say "Kiss my ass, and I'll kiss yours."
That just says so much about what's broken in agriculture.
If you feel weird about someone airing your dirty laundry, wash it.
Note that's half-baked vs pros. Not "small vs big."