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Wednesday 23 July 2014

A Human Irony

Human beings have this remarkable ability to anthropomorphize.  We see faces in the clouds, in trees; we go so far as to envision God in our image.  It's a skill that's particularly useful to babies (recognizing a human face out of the morass of images helpless infants are confronted with) that plays fun games with our minds as we get older.

At the same time, we have a remarkable ability to dehumanize actual people.  We are very good at not looking in the eye of a homeless person or someone manifesting mental illness on the street - or dying in a foreign land of war or starvation, or suffering under our very nose.

Such is the human condition, I guess.

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