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  •  Some of these problems (2+ / 0-)
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    do exist in other species. Just ask anyone who has ever worked with rescued animals. De Waal writes of a chimpanzee who was what we would call mentally defincient, yet who was accepted and cared for, with some behaviors that would not be considered acceptable in other adults ignored/tolerated.

    Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be ... almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die. - Jonathan Safran Foer

    by ramara on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 12:47:18 AM PDT

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    •  As with most... (1+ / 0-)
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      ....you didn't read closely:  

      which seem to be almost exclusive to humans such as chemical dependency, mental illness, etc.
      I'm aware of chimp addictions, usually of anthropogenic origin. Chimps in the wild do seek out fermented fruit, but it's a chance opportunity.

      You can get mice addicted to cocaine. But I don't see them setting up labs....

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 03:34:39 AM PDT

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      •  I didn't mention addictions (0+ / 0-)

        but mental/emotional illness.

        Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be ... almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die. - Jonathan Safran Foer

        by ramara on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 11:30:11 AM PDT

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