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Although is may be most comfortable for all our societies to become or remain insular, this narrow-minded, head-in-the-sand approach to living in the world can hurt both the insular group and others. It certainly makes it impossible for improvements of any moment to be made and deprives those in insular societies of possible help or major gains for their group. But we seem to have such an intense craving for comfort that we will make ourselves uncomfortable to achieve what we only think of as comfort and don’t know for sure that we’ll really like. Being able to step back and look at what we are really doing or hoping to accomplish only takes a short time and could save a lot of useless effort and heartache; for we might find our insularity ridiculous and begin to look for other solutions to any problems that really exist. We also seem to be addicted to an us versus them philosophy that refuses to listen to or even acknowledge other groups than our own. With this attitude we are forced to believe that any other group than ours must be wrong about virtually everything and we can feel superior to them, then go out and ‘persuade’ them that our way is the ‘right’ way and no other way can be tolerated. Isn’t this attitude one to watch out for in ourselves and avoid at any cost? 

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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