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Profiling

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Profiling has become a bad word in our society; perhaps it should be, in the way that it is currently used. However, profiling is something that each and every one of us does every day at almost every moment. Most of the time we are not conscious of the process, but our body language and visceral feelings direct the way we react to everyone around us and send messages that are received and reacted to those we have contact with or have just seen on the street or across a room. Our brains’ first, unstoppable reactions to those surrounding us are not based on rational, carefully reasoned responses, they are based purely on subtle hints and signals received by our senses and conditioning. It would be impossible, or next to impossible, to condition us out of such basic reactions. We can choose to not act on these initial reactions, though, and tell ourselves to wait before making snap judgements about those around us.This is really all that can be asked of us since we are all merely human beings, after all.  Isn’t it reasonable for us to think before acting in a hurtful or inappropriate way toward others?

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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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