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How I Became a Famous Pickup Artist : Part 2

This is a continuation of the story, How I Became a Famous Pickup Artist Part 1. If you haven't read that already, you should do so before reading this article.

Papa was notorious for being in contact with everyone in the pickup scene. I couldn't blame him, either - he was the business side of "Real Social Dynamics", a company that taught seminars and workshops to aspiring players. Not surprisingly, he was the only person at the seminar that I knew.

In order to extract every last precious second out of my experience, I had gotten on the earliest flight to Chicago that I could book. I called Papa when I arrived at the hotel at 10am. I could hardly make out his voice. He'd been out in the clubs until very late and was still sleeping.

Potterology 7: The Slug Club

On Waiting for My Owl

Everyone knows how important networking is. The most valuable asset in finding a job is who you know. Kevin (my husband) and I have been direct witnesses of this the last couple of weeks as he has begun the plunge of searching for a place in the workforce after he graduates in May. Family members, old friends, fellow church members...all these people who could know someone who knows someone that could offer him a job. In a way, networking is a wonderful picture of people helping each other out.

However, I am starting to notice something in myself when it comes to networking. I have a tendency to "collect people".

In the sixth book of Harry Potter, we meet Professor Horace Slughorn. In their first meeting, Harry learns that Slughorn enjoys collecting people. He has pictures of old students who have become successful members of the magical community proudly displayed. As he names the people in the photos, he also mentions the benefits he has of knowing those people...free tickets to Quidditch games, influence at the Daily Prophet. In fact, Dumbledore brought Harry along to meet Slughorn so that the retired Professor would be tempted enough by the idea of "collecting" the famous Harry Potter to come out of retirement and teach once again at Hogwarts.

While at Hogwarts, the Professor yet again establishes "The Slug Club". He picks out students who either have prominent family members or outstanding talents to enjoy special parties and meetings with him in order to establish an influential relationship with those students. This is all in the anticipation that one day, these bright young minds will be of great value to him. In the end, it's really about #1 with Slughorn.

I can't help but see this mentality at work in our society. The people we meet and the friends we make are all assigned a value in our minds. The ones who are really successful and who have the most potential value to us, we put in our own version of "The Slug Club". We develop a hierarchy of importance for our relationships according to how much we can benefit from the people we know. It sounds self-absorbed. It sounds unloving. It sounds nothing like Jesus.

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