I wonder what it must be like to grow up in East Germany and suddenly one day, without moving, you live in West Germany. Does it feel like being an immigrant in your own home?
What is the point of a late pass in school? You know you're late. Your teacher knows you're late. Do you really need a piece of paper that says you're late? It is a bureaucratic gesture. What does it say about the system?
My friend grew up in Peru where everyone had horses but only fancy people had cars. I grew up in the U.S. where everyone had cars but only fancy people had horses. What does that say about the nature of status and consumption?