“Neoteny” is “remaining young, ” and it may be ironic that it is so little known, because human evolution has been dominated by it. Humans have evolved to their relatively high state by retaining the immature characteristics of their ancestors. Humans are the most advanced of mammals — although a case could be made for the dolphins — because they seldom grow up. Behavioral traits such as curiosity about the world, flexibility of response, and playfulness are common to practically all young mammals but are usually rapidly lost with the onset of maturity in all but humans. Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.”—
“Here I am, a bundle of past recollections and future dreams, knotted up in a reasonably attractive bundle of flesh. I remember what this flesh had gone through; I dream of what it may go through. I record here the actions of optical nerves, of taste buds, of sensory perception. And, I think: I am but one more drop in the great sea of matter, defined, with the ability to realize my existence.”—Sylvia Plath (via clavicola)
If laughing at this makes me a completely terrible person, then I will accept the burden with open arms:
Girls who go from “in a relationship” to “single” on Facebook and then proceed to post a set of sad song lyrics every few minutes or so, terminating with “</3"… Oh my sweet Timelord, NO I WILL NOT STOP LAUGHING AT YOU. You are being silly and I have every right to do so.
“Asking whether large solar power plants are appropriate in the Mojave desert is like wondering whether subways makes sense in New York City.”—
Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger lays out a case for putting solar farms in the Mojave as part of a policy based on improving public health, boosting the economy, and avoiding the risks of the fossil economy.
“Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroys information and religions destroy spirituality.”—Michael Ellner (via oceanofmind)