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And don't apologise for the broad use of "we". No-one is exempt from our humanity, and this behaviour is hard wired.
In fact, when things get a little heated, simply editing all the pronouns in a post to "we" can help to bring us back to a truer perspective.
1 year, 5 months ago on Making Monsters – By Tauriq Moosa
Crazy Serb, haven't you been oppressed enough over the centuries? ;0)
1 year, 7 months ago on Mapping Stereotypes
Brilliant. Beautiful. Knicker-wettingly funny.
As a Brit, I'd expect to see the Polish European State Team clearly labelled as "job thieves" and some recognition that the French are sneaky, stylish and supercilious. But I quite understand that making the tough choices is the essence of design.
I've been sharing this at every opportunity for years.
1 year, 8 months ago on Mapping Stereotypes
I am inclined to agree with our genial host that we shouldn't make excuses for people because they are poor. Or, indeed, characterise a more relaxed approach to life as a lack of integrity.
Having set out my stall against stereotypes of any sort (why am I here?), I have to say that there does seem to be a vague correlation between latitude and work ethic. It is a simple and undeniable fact that a multinational corporation will expect to take a long time to collect its south European debts whereas in the Nordic countries, not paying on time is seen as a shocking offence and is punished by law.
Is this because the southern sun forces you to work at a more measured pace, or you die? (Try working from dawn to dusk to build the longboat for your Viking raid in Seville in the summer!) Or is it because these countries have done the whole building a civilisation thing hundreds of years ago, have discovered that it doesn't lead to Utopia and have relaxed into their culture? (The exact opposite of Ray's thesis that they just need more time. Give the Norse more time and they might chill out a bit.)
Or is it just the way things are right now and best not to over analyse? Be aware of the framework of local practices when setting your expectations, but don't judge either the practices or the people. Wouldn't it be boring if everyone recognised and adopted the superiority of British culture?
Who's for a nice slice of apple pie?
@alphadesigner No doubt Ray thought you would want to know...