“Individuality implies separateness, and separateness involves pain.” –Arthur Schopenhauer “In life, man is elastic and evolving. At the moment of death, he becomes rigid and immutable. Plants in the sun are supple and yielding, but they perish dry and cracked. That is why the elastic and flexible is associated with life and the rigid and immutable goes hand in hand with death. So, the hard and rigid is as ready for the ax as a dry tree, while the malleable and soft finds its place in life.” –Lao Tsu For millions of years, the human species has concentrated on a single goal: to adapt. Until the Renaissance, the concept of
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