Re: Wade's last week's phrase of the day...

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    >"We are all born originals - why is it so many of us die copies?"
    >- Edward Young, poet (1683-1765)
    Yes funny isn't it? I think the reason why we imitate eachother to death
    has to do with us being an extremely social species. By constantly imitating
    eachother in a group, in behavior as well as thought, conformity and unity is
    established. These two elements are essential to maintain group coherence.
    In old times, overt rebels and other `free-thinkers' were considered a threat to
    the welfare of the group and were either expelled from the group or made into
    leaders if they could muster sufficient authority and reject reigning
    ps. I posted this one earlier, but it seemed to got stuck somewhere in the
    electronic twilight zone during last week's comatose period of the mailing-list.

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