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    On a somewhat related note, India is conducting a census and also fingerprinting every citizen. While most people’s initial response is one of concern for privacy and potential abuse, poorer Indians are applauding the effort. The documentation will be used to issue state ID cards. You see, due to lack of birth records Indians have a very difficult time proving their identity so they can apply for government services. Getting the necessary documentation often involves dealing with shady characters and large sums of money the poor people don’t have. Their poverty becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    And in happier news, a friend said she was contacted by a sculptor who has an exhibition coming up soon. The sculptor had taken a tour given by my friend and said the descriptions and information provided by my friend inspired her to head down a different artistic path. The tour was about four years ago.

    It made me stop and think about how the interactions you may have as “just part of the job” can effect other people, potentially for a lifetime.
    .-= Charles Robinson´s last blog ..Tip for VMWare Workstation on Windows 7 Enterprise =-.

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    I love your story about the sculptor and your friend. Especially that it took four years for the seeds she planted to come back to her.

    We are so accustomed to “instant results” (and I recognize that a lot of people in my field, marketing and advertising, have contributed to that) we no longer have a realistic understanding of how meaningful change happens, or how long it can take. So we give up or get discouraged.

    Thanks, Charles. That was a really encouraging tale. 🙂

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