How damaging is the phrase, "that's not real [whateverthetopic]." Like, "that's not a real small town" or "that's not real work."
I was having a conversation about small towns. The other person said, "Retail isn't real economic development."
The more I think about that, the more it worries me. Who decides what's real? I'm thinking absolute statements of what qualifies as "real" crowd out the search for relative solutions.
I know I can only do one thing for small towns. I can help make more prosperous entrepreneurs, and then they can help the town with more resources to decide for themselves what's real.