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Getting Real Regarding "San Francisco Values"

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Okay, I've lived in SF for a long time, not far from twenty years. Have gotten tired of hearing outsiders talk "San Francisco values" without having a clue.

Here's my take, getting to the gist of things in all my simplemindedness. After observing real behavior, I'd say the real SF values can be simplified as:

- treat people like you want to be treated

- you are your brother's (and sister's) keeper

There's a lot of window dressing that can surround that, but why bother?

You might note that these values are shared among Americans, in small towns, large cities, and everywhere in between. There are mean-spirited people out there, or worse. They're a tiny fraction of our population, but they're very loud.