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The Outsourced Life
« on: May 07, 2012, 03:56:36 PM »
The Outsourced Life
By ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD
Published: May 5, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/opinion/sunday/the-outsourced-life.html

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The bad news in this case is the capacity of the service market, with all its expertise, to sap self-confidence in our own capacities and those of friends and family.

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Re: The Outsourced Life
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2012, 08:08:09 PM »
I particularly liked this paragraph: "Focusing attention on the destination, we detach ourselves from the small potentially meaningful aspects of experience. Confining our sense of achievement to results, to the moment of purchase, so to speak, we unwittingly lose the pleasure of accomplishment, the joy of connecting to others and possibly, in the process, our faith in ourselves. "

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Re: The Outsourced Life
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2012, 04:09:01 PM »
It's a way for the middle class to live (piecemeal) as the rich always have.  I remember in high school history talking about the aristocrats' incredible boredom.  Throwing money at every problem frees up a lot of time for... what, exactly?  Imagine a border collie without a job - most people are like that if they no job (as in problems/challenges/goals - not paid employment.)
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