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I agree Julie Goodenough. I have no problem with young people redefining their world at all, what i do have a problem with is a sense of entitlement that somehow their work is harder and therefore should buy them more things that everyone needs to live than the person who works just as hard at a less pricey job. Not everyone can be a tech wiz, and plenty of other work has long hours and not much pay--like the nannies who take care of their kids. Many of them work long hard hours for crappy pay, little respect and not much chance for advancement. I think they still deserve a decent place to live, a good school for their kids, food that is edible on their tables and a quality of life that is at least livable. These are the people who have become sadly invisible . Charitable giving could be done better for sure, but to base it on personal reward and what it is going to do for you, to me is not charitable or philanthropic. I am perfectly happy for them to support stencil art if that is what floats their boat, but apparently the numbers just aren't there for the giving, and investing is not the same as giving. Giving you don't expect something for yourself other than knowing you did something for someone else. That is the reward. Yes expecting the giving to be actually given, is good, but most charities, say St Jude's Children's Hospital for instance have a pretty good record, and doctors without borders too. Art is also the basis of learning to sequence for 75% of children, so for the 25 % who are fortunate enough to be verbal/auditory learners I guess cutting art is okay, but for the rest, it is a disaster. I think cutting private funding from art just because one particular art form doesn't pay off or float your boat is short sighted. Even at Google and such places someone has to clean the bathrooms.
Oh yeah and to the poster who congratulated us old folks for being old? Thanks, it isn't as easy as you might think. Thanks to the wage gaps that have developed after our turn was over, longevity is for the first time going down for all but the wealthy in the US. So good luck.
This article is great. It articulates something that many of us have struggled with naming for a while. I love the Bay Area but now would trade for Bay City, or Detroit. I no longer love the ethos. Detroit struggles to pull up everyone, not competes to beat their competitors. Detroit grows food to feed the community. Feeding the community is the ethos lost in the Bay Area. You can't buy that.
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