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“Why you don’t care about 99.999% of the rest of the world”
May 24th, 2007 posted by JB under Uncategorized, Bits & Pieces

Picture a monkey. A monkey dressed like a little pirate, if you wish. We’ll call him Slappy.

Imagine you have Slappy as a pet. Imagine a personality for him. Maybe you and he have little pirate monkey adventures and maybe even join up to fight crime. You’d be sad if Slappy died, wouldn’t you?

Now, imagine you get five more monkeys. Tito, Bubbles, Fluffy, Marcel and ShitTosser. Imagine personalities for each of them. Maybe one is aggressive, one is affectionate, one is distant and quiet. And so on. They’re all your personal monkey friends.

Now imagine a hundred monkeys. Then a thousand.

How long until you can’t tell them apart? Or remember their names? At what point, in your mind, do your beloved pets become just a faceless sea of monkey? If you get enough monkeys, you’ll eventually have enough that you no longer even care if one of them dies.

Now, each of these monkeys is every bit the monkey that Slappy was. It’s just that you don’t give a rat’s ass any more.

Now, replace “monkey” with “humans.”

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[ # 422 ] Comment from white garapata [May 24, 2007, 2:58 am]

hmm…it reminds me of Leo Tolstoy’s existential problem, the impossibility of loving humanity in general, and Robert Ardrey’s territorial imperative….

[ # 441 ] Comment from rhey [May 26, 2007, 9:34 pm]

monkeys…
like people…
can be annoying if there are millions of them bothering you at teh same time…

but we always have to have a few favorites… :0

[ # 1291 ] Comment from tikgirl [October 13, 2007, 3:30 am]

hmm.. justification of what you have to feel towards humanity.. even if you want to be indifferent.. beautiful sigh

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