Saturday, February 28, 2004

To be Primal or Civilized

Ever had a dog? Eat, bark, run, sleep, shit, pant, sniff, lust, shag. A good reminder of the basics of life. (There is also, kill: but even Princess Anne can't let her dogs do that.)

Ever seen a judge? They don't need to do any of those things, or do they?

In a big city, the focus of a civilization, there's always so much pressure to hide the basics. You can drown yourself in every perfume from cheap shampoo to Chanel; but it seems you musn't even let a bit of fresh sweat come through.

The simple basics even frighten people. Quite a lot of people, actually.

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