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March 8, 2008
If one of several billion individuals has become decoupled from the rest in such a way that it is no longer linked usefully to the social unit, and it has fallen out of place. What has it become? Perhaps it has become a sort of parasite. It is already being recognized by the others as “different” and is being rejected. It is in process of rejecting itself. If the tribe were nomad, it would wake up one morning to find itself abandoned at a dead campsite. It would then at least not be confused about its place in the world.