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Tuesday, April 05, 2005 3:39 PM
Occupational Hazards
Kevin Salwen on Culture

Many people have brutally difficult commutes, often stretching an hour or more each way. I don't; because I live less than 2 blocks from the office, I've never worried much about my daily travel. Then comes a story like this one! Might be time to rethink my complacency.



1 comment

Laura Bergells - 4/6/2005 9:53:45 AM
Since I work out of my home office, I can sometimes go days without actually seeing any people (especially in winter). A friend of mine -- a single professor with classes only two days per week -- used to call me every day in what we morbidly called 'death watch'.

This dark humor arose out of the realization that we were uniquely vulnerable. Without routine human contact, we could be hurt or sick for days...and no one would notice, much less come to our assistance.

Developing at least one tight, local connection with another human is much more than a matter of survival, however. It's the basis for a much richer, fuller life. I hope the story of the man in the elevator will encourage us all to develop stronger connections with family, friends, and employees....indeed, to show care and concern for anyone who touches our lives.

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