Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Empathy test

OK, here's something I'd like you to consider: suppose you live somewhere that you really like. For instance, maybe you made your home a block from where you work every day and enjoy your almost-nonexistent commute. Then your company announces it is relocating to a distant 'burb. Would you be a little upset? Or, you have a nice quiet neighborhood, and your new next-door neighbors host their AC-DC tribute band rehearsal there three times a week? (Assuming, for purposes of argument, that you are not at all an AC-DC fan. Or they're your favorite band, but these guys really suck.) Or maybe you have a job you like- really like, even- what if you were reassigned to different department? One that does not at all suit you? [Addendum: I thought of a better example: suppose you live in a quiet, walkable cummunity, like Shorewood or someplace like that, and a developer comes along- wanting to tear down all the places to which you enjoy walking, and putting up a Wal-Mart instead.] These are all just examples off the top of my head. Why do you live where you live, if you were able to choose your home? What made you like it? What if that reason were removed? Would you be a bit upset?


mikemiller34 said...

When I was a little kid, my parents had friends, the DeMores, who lived on what is now your street. Don't know which house it was, but I'd know it if I saw it. They had a boathouse, and I remember thinking that was the coolest thing in the world. I wish someone would rent out a boathouse like that so I could live there!

The River Otter said...

Yeah, it would be cool to live in a boathouse, except that outhouses are illegal around here.
Although 50-60 years ago people had them- some at the end of piers! (imagine that!)