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  •  Thank you so much for writing these (4+ / 0-)
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    cai, magicsister, ladybug53, sberel

    So much of the safety net involves dehumanizing experiences. You put faces on how awful it can feel.

    Every flower that you shatter; we will plant again!

    by merrily1000 on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 11:38:02 AM PDT

    •  I think it's partly that there's no culture-wide (3+ / 0-)
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      jabney, ladybug53, sberel

      acknowledgment of how bad times are.  (Or have already been, for many of the poor.)  So people feel like they're transgressing by needing help.

      I'm sure it was just as hard on people's pride in the Depression... and yet, at least everybody knew they were in it.

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