Rambling Phil wrote:Tolstoy - Can I second Philpotts' encomium? You point out well the tensions brought by the changes our money-led society imposes.
Your points about a lack of involvement by the working incomers in the community sparked a couple of thoughts.
Many of my friends who have moved to SE1 "recently" are deeply involved in local charities, campaigns and community organisations, in spite of the constraints their careers impose.
I think the major differentiator is not a lack of time, but commitment. There are many young professionals who move to SE1 with no commitment to the area and who simply see it as somewhere to live for a small number of years before being committed to a life of 2.4 children in the suburbs. They will not get involved.
However, it is a two way thing. Last year I was at a community event and someone from Southwark College asked whether I'd be interested in evening classes. I was, but pointed out that it is impossible for most people working in office jobs in the centre of town to get to a 7pm class having grabbed a bite to eat. I was told that the courses weren't really intended for people with jobs (I'm pretty sure that was her phrase), but for the community.
One person, one anecdote, but I found it interesting that this "community" organisation had no intention of organising itself to help white-collar workers be involved, and that this one person didn't expect real members of the community to work.
Rambling Phil wrote:Hi Limpan,
I share Jackie's confusion. The last thing I want to do is to deter people.
Perhaps I could have made myself clearer. How about:
"Many of my child-free young(ish) professional friends who have moved to SE1 "recently" are deeply involved in local charities, campaigns and community organisations, in spite of the constraints their careers impose" ?
Jackie is right - it's about wanting to be involved (ie put in your two bits, or being committed to the place you live).
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