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this is an excellent point for our narrative. I think we should put the concept in our list becuase the narrative is already there. Colman somehow did it.

Weakiest link. Wonderful.

We will have to join the different pieces together in some kind of list of narratives (myths) and simple concepts that we should use.

I would take different simple myths. Not only one. Three or four maybe as the US right-wing?

Weakeat link, sustainible future...

other possibilities:
Any of the Colman first paragraph statement,
Strenght of team work (strength of cooperation in front of comeptition..), fairness (it needs a narrative, a  set of histories to explain it).

And of course, we have the big elephant in the room. Do we take the rich vs poor narrative of equality... do we try to change it? can we change it?

Plus, we probably need a new set of narratives to put in a new single concept never used before to add to the list.

Regarding how to attack their myths, you are already doing a great job. But we need our market efficiency myths too in another set ideas as I propose in the diary. You have written these ideas in different diaries related with different topics. Improtance of the minimum wage for efficiency. Improtance of state regulation for business growth...

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Apr 13th, 2006 at 11:23:10 AM EST
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Excellent diary, kcurie. Looking forward to a synthesis of these ideas.
Me, I no longer believe in groups, only in what individuals can achieve, at their very own micro level, by the power of love and willingness to change a little something. Helping out in townships, bringing medical support to children, to the elderly, to AIDS victims in Africa and Asia, standing by the weakest.
Ideas can change the world, but only if they translate into action.
Let's leave our keyboards and go out there in the real world.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Apr 13th, 2006 at 06:49:50 PM EST
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I don't think everyone is cut for all of that, and everyone's potential impact is the same. I for example, when confronted to squat-level poverty, get either very angry or feel totally helpless, depending on my mood. Others who succeed in helping in such places may be emotionally bland. And there is also the issue of what you get out of it. There is always an agenda, and even if it's unconscious, it's there. What do we get out of travelling thousands of miles and sharing the living conditions of others?

Also, there are already very qualified local people in countries that welcome help. There is rarely a justified need to send "experts" from Europe and elsewhere for irrigation projects in Niger, when Niger already has experts but not the cash to give them a job or material to do their job. There are obviously some really good humanitarian workers, but they should be prioritarily be there to train local workers to do the same job, not to do the work themselves. Any foreign humanitarian worker, even by being a volunteer, earns more with his/her rent & lunch budget than any local worker ever will. But ok, this all belongs to a whole different debate, which we can have elsewhere.

My point should be that some of us may be helping the world more by helping usher it in the right place. Every little action counts. This morning I was wondering what I'd done with my life. I thought "I'm lay, I don't produce anything, I don't have any ambition, so what good am I?". Then I thought of all the people I had been in close contact with and realized how much their lives had changed after meeting me. And inversely. And I concluded "I am part of it all, I have my role".

We create ideas, we exchange ideas on a blog ... then we talk about them with our friends, then they talk about it to their friends, and these ideas eventually make it out all the way into the townships and favelas. Just look at how fast a virus/worm or a funny picture travels the entire internet. We are all connected online, and we all know everyone else on the planet anyhow.

by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 14th, 2006 at 04:44:10 AM EST
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I'm lay, uhuh. I meant "I'm lazy".
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 14th, 2006 at 04:45:27 AM EST
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I did understand. And I do not one sec' believe you lazy.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Fri Apr 14th, 2006 at 09:33:29 AM EST
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I'm too lazy to prove it to you :))
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 14th, 2006 at 12:46:14 PM EST
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Taking a dive into the depths of lurkedom. No stakes this time, I know I'll win. Take care.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Fri Apr 14th, 2006 at 12:52:36 PM EST
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i thought you meant you weren't a priest...

not that that should stop you getting laid!


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Apr 19th, 2006 at 04:48:50 AM EST
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