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TOTD 22 Feb 2002

...if this biological view [of human origins] helps us to appreciate the beauty and rhythm of life, it also shows our ludicrous limitations. By presenting to us a more correct picture of what we are as animals, it enables us to better understand ourselves and the progress of human affairs. A more generous sympathy, or even tolerant cynicism, comes with a truer and deeper understanding of human nature which has its roots in our animal ancestry. Gently reminding ourselves that we are children of the Neanderthal or the Peking man, and further back still of the anthropoid apes, we eventually achieve the capacity of laughing at our sins and limitations, as well as admiring our monkey cleverness, which we call a sense of human comedy. ...we can forgive all our fellowmen, the censors, publicity chiefs, Fascist editors, Nazi radio announcers, senators and lawmakers, dictators, economic experts, delegates to international conferences and all the busybodies who try to interfere with other people's lives. We can forgive them because we begin to understand them.

-Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living

One who lives in nature is constantly in touch with, and immediately aware of, a field of power and experience transcendent to the life of ego and society.

-Laurence G. Boldt, The Tao of Abundance


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Feb. 22nd, 2002 02:08 pm (UTC)
As Robert Anton Wilson pointed out: "We're living on the Planet of the Apes, man. Is that funny or serious? I guess it depends on how broad your sense of humor is."
Feb. 22nd, 2002 02:44 pm (UTC)
At some point I realized that, if I were ever to write a convincing villain, I'd have to learn how to think like a villain, a little at least. Are villains ever villains to themselves? I don't think so. The evil figures in literature who know they're evil always seem to be either unseen, disembodied forces, or else pathetic.
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