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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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