Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The human urge to collect ...

is amazingly strong. Interesting to walk on the beach and see dozens of people, who probably never think of mollusks, stopping and stooping, fishing around in the sand to find shells. Nearly everyone on the beach would stop now and then to look down at the sand, pluck a shell, perhaps toss it in the water or pop it in their pocket.

There's something almost primal in the experience, look, something pretty, something shiny, something unusual.

Collecting, for no real purpose, something part of our humanity?

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