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02/02/2013 10:58 EST | Updated 04/05/2013 05:12 EDT

The Week in Review: In Defence of Living Vicariously through Stephen Harper's Twitter Feed

This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave us a taste of his everyday life, tweeting out photos and videos of himself doing the normal human being stuff, like lunching at his desk with a Diet Coke for a companion. A calculated move to appear more approachable? Perhaps. But I've got to say, it's hard not to like a guy who comes home at the end of a long day and takes time out to warmly greet his pet chinchilla. Besides, learning what it's like to walk in another person's shoes is healthy. It broadens minds about how to live well -- be it in a $12-million mansion or a 45-sq. foot 1987 Dodge Ram Prospector.

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This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave us a taste of his everyday life, tweeting out photos and videos of himself doing the normal human being stuff, like breakfasting alongside his pet cat Stanley and lunching at his desk with a Diet Coke for a companion (no vanilla spice soy lattes here) -- a calculated move to appear more approachable, perhaps, but I've got to say, it's hard not to like a guy who comes home at the end of a long day and takes time out to warmly greet his pet chinchilla. Maybe we're a little too obsessed with the mundanities of well-known people's daily existences (Kate Middleton's shopping trip to the Gap to pick up some jeggings this week was so well covered and so well read about, you'd think she'd declared war on a small African country), but the instinct to want to know what it's like to walk in another person's shoes isn't a bad one. It breeds empathy and broadens minds about how to live well -- be it in a $12-million mansion or a 45-sq. foot 1987 Dodge Ram Prospector.

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