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Six Degrees

I went to see Six Degrees of Separation with the family in SF last week. You may recall that the play is based on a real incident, in which wealthy and intelligent New Yorkers were taken in completely by a young black man pretending to be Sydney Poitier's son. Will Smith starred in the movie version. It is all about trust. Our society is based on trust. Our money is based on trust. My relationship with my students is based on trust. When our trust is damaged, we feel violated. Luckily, that doesn't happen to me very often. Great play; see it if you get a chance.