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Everyone has observed how much more dogs are animated when they hunt in a pack, than when they pursue their game apart. We might, perhaps, be at a loss to explain this phenomenon, if we had not experience of a similar in ourselves.
David Hume A Treatise of Human Nature
What strikes me about this quote is how far from the modern observation it is. We have civilized the world around us, moved to the cities, and sit insulated. We can still see and find our natures but not with the same pace and time for observation that David Hume employed. Notice the universal in the first few words, "Everyone has observed...".

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philoserf
Sep. 8th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
True. We bread that nature into those dogs. I have seen feral dogs hunt silently in the pack. A thing of beauty when you know they are not hunting you.