FROM THE ED­I­TOR

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Per­spec­tive is an in­ter­est­ing thing.

I read a re­view of a show I went to last week and it dif­fered greatly from my view. The re­viewer didn’t like Steel Mag­no­lias. I, see­ing it with my daugh­ter, loved it. Whether that’s be­cause it’s a show about fe­male friend­ship and the other re­viewer was a man, I don’t know.

The dis­cus­sion about Ma­te­ria Turei also prompted a fair amount of de­bate in the of­fice It was heated, hon­est and un­fail­ingly in­ter­est­ing.

The stand­out is­sue for me was around per­spec­tive. For many, Turei’s de­ci­sion was a black and white is­sue. For oth­ers, there were many shades of grey. And it de­pended a lot on so­cial cir­cum­stance.

We’d be mad to think there’s no such thing as poverty in this coun­try, and we’d be equally mad to think there’s no such thing as priv­i­lege.

Both, how­ever, can be tricky to iden­tify and both can be quite of­fen­sive. I only hope we’re brave enough as a na­tion to iden­tify and con­front both.

– Shan­non

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