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  •  Trading places (8+ / 0-)

    There is, of course, the great Eddie Murphy movie from long ago. And some time back, the president of a small eastern college spent a week or perhaps more in a job doing manual, menial labor to learn more about other lives.

    Your point is good--if we can cut through the shouting and hysteria over the "others" and see that human are the same underneath, we may have a chance.

    One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.--A.A. Milne

    by Mnemosyne on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 10:06:08 AM PST

    •  I'm thinking a little different (10+ / 0-)

      Most "trading places" movies, stories and books we read about, from Undercover Boss to Nickled and Dimed, involve those that are in a different class spending time to see the lives of the lower class through their eyes.  While they may get a different perspective, the reality is they get to go back to a more priviledged existence.

      I'm thinking more of people at the same economic and social level spending time seeing life through the eyes that they are being told are so different from themselves, and hopefully being able to break through that and see the commonality.

      "You must do the thing that you think you cannot do" - Eleanor Roosevelt

      by Gay In Maine on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 10:13:14 AM PST

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      •  Oh yes, (7+ / 0-)

        I realize that's what you're doing. And it's good. To do it, though, I think you have to do what you're doing--be in the place, with the people, and live by example.

        There's probably also a whole lotta stuff about letting go of attachments, expectations and so on, but on the whole we'd probably be a healthier country if we were all a little more zen.

        One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.--A.A. Milne

        by Mnemosyne on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 10:40:08 AM PST

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      •  Do you watch Undercover Boss? (0+ / 0-)

        Sometimes — in fact most of the times I have happened to see it, the bosses are blasted out of complacency and even realized how weirdly privileged they are.

        When they do special things for particular people they work with — and frequently foul up in front of —they form a connection that is really profound. I imagine that it lasts and keeps that boss grounded for quite some time.

        Mind you, not every boss would even try to do that.

        I really don't think one evening's entertainment would do much to move people.

        Actually, when I think about it, Woodstock was something like that.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... I'm asking you to believe in yours. Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 01:01:15 PM PST

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    •  when you have to put menial next (0+ / 0-)

      to manual when describing labor, you got a problem.

      There is nothing menial about manual labor. For the most part if there weren't people doing manual labor you wouldn't be nearly so comfortable and freed of a lot of manual work.

      There are plenty of "menial" jobs in cities, in offices, in any place people work but if you pay decently and if  people are treated with respect, then the "menial" part of labor goes away. That is one of the most important of labor Unions.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... I'm asking you to believe in yours. Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 12:35:46 PM PST

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