Have you ever heard of the human library?

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I stumbled throughout the human library the opposite day.

I’d by no means heard of it, however the concept is that as an alternative of borrowing a e book, you borrow a human and hearken to their life story. It’s a dialog over a desk, and also you find out how they grew to become who they’re. You sit with them for thirty minutes with the objective being to battle prejudice. Every particular person has a title reminiscent of unemployed, bipolar, transgender, refugee and extra. Listening to their tales is designed to keep away from folks judging a e book by its cowl.

The motion began in 2000 in Denmark, and is now working in over 80 nations around the globe. It’s such an awesome concept. I like it.

So, I puzzled what the story could be for those who sat down with somebody labelled Banker for thirty minutes, and I believe the dialog would go one thing like this:

Hello, my identify is Will, and I’ve been an funding banker for the previous ten years, however I misplaced my job final yr. It is because I burned out. I attempted onerous to maintain up with the 18 hours a day tradition of the financial institution, however my physique might solely handle 14. That’s why I misplaced out. In spite of everything, you want to sleep for just a few hours and have a life exterior the financial institution, however that’s not the best way it really works.

The excellent news is that by working 18 hours a day, I earned some huge cash. I earnt a lot that I’ve three homes; a partner, a accomplice and one other one we don’t discuss; holidays worldwide at 5* motels, in addition to just a few million {dollars} of belongings hidden in near-shore islands.

It was life for an individual of their twenties, however then I used to be laid off. I assume it was as a result of drink and medicines, or possibly the bills. Taking shoppers to strip golf equipment, and itemizing my cocaine as a legitimate a part of entertainment bills didn’t go down nicely. I ought to have hidden it higher.

And now, I’m so down as I’m solely working right here, at no cost, for eight hours a day. It’s fairly terrible. I meet folks such as you – regular folks – and realise that you’re not regular. What’s regular? My regular shouldn’t be your regular. My regular is throwing just a few million {dollars} as a wager on a commerce, adopted by a night of champagne and meth. Yours? You appear to be you simply eat at McDonalds and drink espresso. How boring.

You’re in all probability questioning what I need to do now?

Effectively, I might retire, however I’ve determined to assist folks such as you. That’s why I’m right here on the Human Library. I need to be human once more.

Once I labored on the financial institution, I finished being human. I used to be extra like that man in American Psycho – have you ever seen that movie? It’s a couple of man in a financial institution who feels that people who find themselves homeless are nugatory, so he kills them. Clearly, it’s a whole fiction. I imply nobody of their proper thoughts would try this, would they?

Factor is that I fairly like this movie. It stars Christian Bale who had days like mine: working over-the-top; doing drink and medicines over-the-top; delivering over-the-top outcomes for the financial institution day by day; after which getting caught out. I received’t spoil the ending, however the e book and movie are fascinating because it’s nothing like working for a financial institution in real-life, is it? I imply what banker would kill somebody for enjoyable …

At this level, the dialog ended because the listener now not had their head connected … however in fact, this is all a fiction isn’t it.

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