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Challenge: Distracting Elements II (Extended Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Oct 23, 2016
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2016

[Oct. 30th, 2016 04:37:23 PM]

Our society is very pyramidal. At the bottom, there are lots of persons, doing potentially thankless jobs: farmers, builders, bakers, phone operators, cashiers, maids, postmen, waiters, sweepers, cleaners, sandwich sellers, or even homeless people, the list goes on. On the upper layers, persons are richer and richer towards the top, and also less numerous: doctors, bankers, lawyers, notaries, politicians, businessmen, rich heirs, etc.

I often wonder if things could be organized differently, not just locally, but on a global scale. Have you ever heard of eusociality? This word defines advanced society organization in animal life. For example, bees are organized in a way that individual interest is totally erased by community interest: even the queen itself, although unique in a hive, doesn't have much to enjoy from a personal point of view, since she is totally dedicated to reproduction and can't even feed herself.

Of course, imagining a new organization would imply defining a given goal. What priority should we choose? What long-term purpose could we aim at? Are we only supposed to live as comfortably as possible, reproduce ourselves, then die, without any other precise objective? As far as I'm concerned, I would love some focus on fundamental research: how the universe got created, what are his laws, and ultimately, what purpose serves our presence in there (if any). Obviously, other persons may have other various opinions on such topic. What would be yours?

In any case, I am quite convinced that some more solidarity could go a long way. People being lucky enough to live in the higher steps of the social pyramid (I include myself in here) may give some more consideration to others that are in need of help. Even from a purely ethnocentric point of view, whatever the awaiting challenges are, human beings can only be stronger as a whole if solidarity becomes the rule.

Thanks for watching and the kind feedback, much appreciated!

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11/02/2016 10:53:13 AM
As always, Christophe, an exceptional image!

As regards your philosophical musings, consider investigating "Holarchy" in contrast and distinction to "Hierarchy." It's a relational distinction/shift to what is an otherwise vertically-oriented hierarchal system. Holarchy deals more with what is both a horizontal and vertical relationship -- the whole supports the parts as the parts support the whole.

At a deeper level, our world is based and premised on a Dualistic mind and mentality: either/or; subject/object, separation/division (both within and between). Consider exploring Non-Dual philosophy and what is the essential non-dual nature (Oneness) that underlies the perceived Dualistic conception/perception/experience upon which our world and all of its systems and structures are based.

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10/31/2016 12:33:30 PM
Hi Christophe, congratulations on the Blue.

I think the distracting element is the white streetlights. Or maybe the white edge of the feather boa at her shoulder.

In answer to your philosophical question: this planet is a wonderfully diverse place. Each species has diversified as much as it can. The research you mention is already ongoing, with the best minds the human race has to offer hard at work on it. The best minds at other things are hard at work on those too. Humans are hard at work at everything we can think of. If I could, I would do something to change the way our children are educated, to maximize whatever each child has to offer.

For most of the life forms on this planet, life has little more to offer than staying alive long enough to reproduce. That is true of some humans, too, but not all.
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10/30/2016 09:43:48 PM
High marks for cleverness and technique, but too contrived to be my top pick.
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10/30/2016 08:20:25 PM
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10/30/2016 03:26:49 PM
Wow, you did it again. Another masterpiece from the master :)
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10/30/2016 09:05:10 AM
The only image that really stands out. Sublime as always, very pleased you're in this challenge, Christophe!
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10/30/2016 07:09:38 AM
Gotta be the blue!
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10/28/2016 05:17:20 PM
Great one Christophe!
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10/27/2016 07:41:04 AM
Dude......with your skills and natural aesthetic, I don't believe that you have it in you to create distracting elements. This is just a fine example of your inate surrealistic vision IMNSHO. DNMC, but no vote to take away from a fine image.
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10/24/2016 09:53:04 AM
thi is awesome
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