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I bet you would. So let’s just check our hostility at the door, OK? In fact, if you try, I bet you can set aside strong feelings altogether. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s go ahead and talk about those wild accusations of yours. —I suggest you first take a deep, calming breath before you turn the key in the ignition. When you’ve slowed down your mind, you’ll see it’s perfectly OK to drive five miles an hour and hesitate at each intersection while trying to decide whether or not to turn.

Their office is a place of clinical silence rather than softly noodling Celtic harps. In the absence of these signs, the standard 15 to 20 percent applies, depending on the degree to which your spirit was refreshed. The differently privileged during the holidays Perhaps your bus driver is a divorcee trying to keep her three kids out of trouble. Or your office intern is from an at-risk youth program. Does that mean that you can’t give them holiday gifts for fear they’ll feel awkward in their inability to reciprocate?

Even so, our faith in our own idealism is strong, bolstered by the higher prices we pay and the smiling black and brown faces in those Fair Trade brochures. If this faith crumbles at its edges into sentimentality, isn’t that better than not giving a damn? As I put it in a recent poem:A certain hope, disdained by the cynical, in the power of collective action burns yet on, burns yet on, in my throat now. But what I want to address here is the innermost circle of shame, your interaction with the stylish-and-yet-no-insurance-having worker who prepares your beverage.

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