Алексей Каптерев (kapterev) wrote,
Алексей Каптерев

Taking a break: the Horchow story.

Это отрывок из отличной книжки Малькольма Гладвелла The Tipping Point (которую у меня совершенно нет времени почитать), специально для одного моего знакомого, который как раз недавно поднимал этот вопрос.
The purpose of making acquaintance, for most of us, is to evaluate whether we want to turn that person into a friend; we don’t feel that we have the time or the energy to maintain meaningful contact with everyone. Horchow is quite different. The people he puts in his diary or on his computer are acquaintances – people he might run into only once a year or once every few years – and he does not shy away from the obligation that that connection requires. He has mastered what sociologists call “the weak tie” – a friendly yet casual social connection. More than that, he is happy with the weak tie.
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