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It's tiresome to discuss different generations in terms of broad characteristics, and in the context of mentorship, those distinctions might not be very relevant. Rather than creating a clever, instrumental way to contrive a symbiotic interaction to

It's tiresome to discuss different generations in terms of broad characteristics, and in the context of mentorship, those distinctions might not be very relevant. Rather than creating a clever, instrumental way to contrive a symbiotic interaction to

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Patrick commented on Finding common ground: Share a meal.

What is valuable about this idea is that there's something that requires creativity and process in a shared way rather than just time spent together in the same space but with no imperative to do anything. Cooking together is co-creation, which is a richer premise for collectivity because the stakes are mutual. And so much crucial human bonding occurs around food—you learn technique and cultural context, tell stories about past and present, and most importantly share the experience of eating together which is a greatly equalizing thing. When I think of my own experiences across generations, the times I've organically connected most with people significantly older than I have been while long-distance hiking on the the Appalachian Trail. After a long day of hiking (and likely of drenching afternoon rain), getting into camp and cooking dinner with your fellow hikers—who become your family when you hike several hundred miles—creates a bond that just doesn't happen in the regular course of life.

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