but be as kind as we can to everyone?
Always bears reminding!
Re-reading Here Is New York because I think its lessons - self-reliance and the willingness to be lucky - are valuable ones. In that sense, if you can make it here, you can make it just about anywhere. By the same token, if you can live kindly here, and still be happy with how you've lived the day, it's a good apprenticeship. I can see why people don't like having their humanity challenged all the time, and needing to re-learn it in small and private ways that can grow strange without great care. But there are worse challenges!
In other news, The Bachelor makes me very, very uncomfortable