My sweetie stopped by at work earlier this afternoon just to give me a kiss :)
“Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque.”
— Jiddu Krishnamurti (via sun-hawk)
Well, not really. If you study animal evolution, nature is busy evolving certain behavior patterns, instincts, and other mental and social qualities. Take in-group favoritism, as an example. For social mammals such as humans, the tendency to favor members of one’s own group has long since been an evolutionary advantage—group members who stick up for each other live longer. (This, incidentally, is also why the “lone wolf” romanticized in our culture really isn’t something to aspire to—a lone wolf must find a pack to join, or else it may very well starve.) So you can blame nature for our tendency to create groups with similar cultures, memes, etc.
Now, who an individual person turns out to be can be pretty variable, and it’s a combination of nature and nurture. We come prepackaged with a certain set of genes, but how those genes are expressed—to include in the womb—can have lifelong repercussions. Over that we have layers of experience and learning starting from the day we’re born, all of which shape us profoundly. Part of what influences us are those in-group favoritisms, that instinctual desire to be a part of a group of accepting others, and there’s the intense stress of the loner who on some level just wants to be wanted and safe.
In the end, it’s all nature. We humans are big-brained, upright-walking apes with sophisticated vocal apparatus. Culture is every bit as natural as genes, and they have the same basic wellspring.
A Very Strongly Worded Letter To Misogynistic Gamer-Bros by LoudBlackRam
All I want if for this post to get 10,000 notes.
Chicken breasts with Granny Smith apple slices laid over it, then covered in grated fresh gouda and a drizzle of honey. Bake in the oven at 350 for an hour covered, then broil for three minutes to carmelize the cheese. ABSOLUTE HEAVEN.
Making progress on a very special art project. Also hoping I haven’t caught the respiratory bug that’s been going around work.
I have way too many things I want to do. Three careers simply aren’t enough. No, seriously.