In the third part of this series of posts about Love I thought to address the subject of the ‘value of love’.
When we talk about the value of things we talk about the amount they worth (money wise), the degree of importance and usefulness they have, and their special characteristics. The value of things is attached to the context where they exist and are therefore evaluated. People and society create value, value is a construction and the value of things changes over time.
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On this Saturday morning I was planning to sit in this nice coffee place in Mariatorget, my favourite neighbourhood in Stockholm, and concentrate on reading my book in front of a good coffee. Yet something on my way here awoke in me the need and desire to write on a subject that since many weeks has been in my mind and in my heart: poverty.
It was actually my arrival to Stockholm that more and more pushed me to write about this subject. Having arrived from Holland, where I lived with the feeling that poverty was not part of human reality, I was again confronted with its existence since the very first moment in Stockholm. Read the rest of this entry
Flying quite a lot I have had the chance to observe how gender roles and stereotypes permeate this sphere of society. And while nowadays there are already many male flight attendants it is still impossible (at least in my experience) to find female captains and pilots. Indeed there is a huge ‘genderisation’ of professional roles in airline companies, which are reinforced in subtle ways.
One example that crosses my mind is the trendy videos used by airline companies to substitute the old fashioned ‘live safety instructions’ usually done by flight attendants. In these videos children (and sometimes adults) play the role of the captain and flight attendants in giving passengers the basic safety instructions. Read the rest of this entry