Far too often it seems that our actions done in order to please another only increase their distaste for us, whilst those done in an attempt to distance oneself from another only further increase their attraction.
Why do we pursue what runs, and shrink away from what reaches out?
Because we unconsciously assume that what needs us must be somehow lacking, and what evades us must necessarily possess something we lack.
Or perhaps it’s derived from our ancient instinct to chase whatever runs and run from whatever chases. Such is the plight of an intelligent omnivore.
Such is the plight of an intelligent omnivore.
But to fully conscious, self-aware creatures, are millions of years of evolutionary selection really any excuse for cruelty?
As usual, the real question is not in how the problem arises, but rather in how the problem is solved.
By default, we solve this problem in one…
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