Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/09/02

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Subject: [Leica] The similarity and pall of differences
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2002 15:04:44 EDT

In a message dated 9/2/02 11:39:38 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> I doubt very much that the family of man show would have the same effect now
>  as it did originally. It would seem overstated, naive, foolish. Although 
>  denial of history has become an integral part of the current dominating
>  ideology, we seem to have accepted that "human nature" is a chimera at 
>  and cheap rhetoric (ulteriorly motivated) at worst.
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The problem is that our similarities take hold of opposed interests. For 
example, the differences between the Christian West and Islam aren't physical 
or neurological.
They are mental constructs. It is at the level of underlying universal unity 
that Family of Man photographers and editors tended to see the world, not as 
conflicting world views that they felt were ephemeral. Photojournalists 
report the confrontation between and among world views.

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