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  •  This diary has echoes in my family history (4+ / 0-)

    Both of my parents were quite idealistic in their youth.  They both ended up as social workers, more or less by default.  My father worked as a social worker for 28 years, what I understand was an astoundingly long period of time for a field with an incredibly high burn out potential.  He had no formal training, his degree was in theology.  His longevity in the field was due to a success in compartmentalizing his job and his personal life.  Incidentally he is a polio survivor having contracted it in his teens in the late 40s.

    I recced this diary because it articulates your point of view quite well and I think it is a view point worth consideration.  I do think it is a bit sweeping in its generalization.  I would argue that many of the problems we face are worsened by the fact that people in general, and particularly those in positions of power, tend to focus too much on the immediate and not enough on the long term.  If everyone followed your example we would never do anything about climate change for example.

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 10:43:36 AM PDT

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