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[llamas: nothing but tall, bad tempered sheep.]

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[a common misquote from an old film -… ]

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Lawrence L Piper
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
work for the cure of pain
in everyone, for we all
have at least some,
exaggerated in our minds,
and may think we walk alone...
llp - mar'09

Current Residence: Southern NH, just down the street from the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center where i worked through the 70s before getting fired and barred for life from my career for participating in the 'PATCO strike of August 1981', [google it if you're curious]. i loved that job. Pres Reagan terminated 12,000 of us with a knee jerk stroke of his pen.
deviantWEAR sizing preference: medium
Print preference: index finger?
Favourite genre of music: alternative
Favourite style of art: surreal
Operating System: windows 7
Wallpaper of choice: Alexandra and guess who
Skin of choice: quite pale
Favourite cartoon character: road runner
Personal Quote: from he to whom much is given, much will be required.
[as noted in yesterday's Andrew Sullivan blog - 'The Dish']

In an excerpt from his new book The Meaning of Human Existence, E.O. Wilson sums up an evolutionary history of selfish and cooperative tendencies. “In a nutshell,” he writes, “individual selection favors what we call sin and group selection favors virtue. The result is the internal conflict of conscience that afflicts all but psychopaths”:

The internal conflict in conscience caused by competing levels of natural selection is more than just an arcane subject for theoretical biologists to ponder. It is not the presence of good and evil tearing at one another in our breasts. It is a biological trait fundamental to the human condition, and necessary for survival of the species. The opposed selection pressures during human evolution produced an unstable mix of innate emotional responses. They created a mind that is continuously and kaleidoscopically shifting in mood — variously proud, aggressive, competitive, angry, vengeful, venal, treacherous, curious, adventurous, tribal, brave, humble, patriotic, empathetic and loving. All normal humans are both ignoble and noble, often in close alternation, sometimes simultaneously.

The instability of the emotions is a quality we should wish to keep. It is the essence of the human character, and the source of our creativity. We need to understand ourselves in both evolutionary and psychological terms in order to plan a more rational, catastrophe-proof future. We must learn to behave, but let us never even think of domesticating human nature.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ makes sense to me.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ my thanks to whomever it was that recommended this music.  i forget. -


;) pip
  • Listening to: my thoughts - [always]
  • Reading: How to Live - a life of Montaigne - S. Blackwell
  • Watching: MSNBC - [in the background]
  • Playing: godlet - [amateur]
  • Eating: nothing - [being out of crow]
  • Drinking: black coffee - [always]



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rlkirkland Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for collecting "In Their Seasons" Mr. Pip! :)
jimfleming Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thank you :)
AlecBell Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I appreciate your recent :+fav:s Pip

:bow: Many thanks :bow:
alapip Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
many many many welcomes, Alec.
i'm still way behind.  oh well... :shrug:
AlecBell Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Me too!
BlackBowfin Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey there, Pip.  Kind thank you and :highfive: for faving We Live Into Each Other.  Have a great week!
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks for faving my work!
Vegetabelle Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for adding Circus of Fleeting Breath to your collection.
alapip Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
my pleasure, Kerry.
you bear 'watch'ing, i think... :) pip
Vegetabelle Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much. You're very kind.
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