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Handsome Devil by FeralFungus Handsome Devil by FeralFungus
He walks through life confident and self-assured, seemingly oblivious to the abomination that he truly is. One might wonder (as would I) how he manages to earn anyone's affections. And yet, such affections are freely given, often to the abasement or even demise of the giver.
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pregnantchaos Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
It reminds me of the claymation figures from the early TOOL videos. I really like the concept. :) :+fav:
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FeralFungus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed. Thank you very much!
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CypresSfinch Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007   Traditional Artist
... I like the wallpaper. And I like the thought placement behind this. You know, it's sad. People often times take more pride in themselves than they really should. It seems, the most humble of people is usually the one we should turn to.
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FeralFungus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The mating game serves a few to the exclusion of others. The qualities for inclusion clearly do not always belong to our best and brightest.

The fellow depicted above is, in fact, a brutal killer.
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CypresSfinch Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007   Traditional Artist
Of couse, when you think about it, those who kill are often more attractive to people until their real identities are revealed.

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look at Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Scott Peterson
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FeralFungus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Precisely, and sometimes even after their identities are revealed.

1) Is there a correlation between some key attractive trait and a trait that is likely to place a male in prison?
2) If so, what is that trait?
3) Considering its negative consequences, is this trait then still one that we wish to pass on to our children?
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CypresSfinch Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007   Traditional Artist
Hmm... I really think the negative trait might be arrogance. When a man surpasses pride in himself, he becomes arrogant, believing that he can do anything, such is the way of many criminals, especially serial killers. I think that it's important to give children a sense of pride in who they are, but there's a point that you have to try not to cross... that's letting that pride grow into something a tad more selfish and arrogant. What do you think?
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FeralFungus Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent point.

I wonder where the line between pride and arrogance is drawn, and what causes one to cross it.
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CypresSfinch Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007   Traditional Artist
Hmm...
well, a person can take pride in what they do, like a fireman takes pride in the fact that every day, he risks his life to save others and he's not overly zealous about what he does in a negative since, but he knows it makes a difference in his life and others' lives as well. When arrogance comes in, it's like the fireman suddenly believes that he must be worshipped for making the choice to risk his life. It's sort of like, they got caught up in the good and it became bad. I guess the line would probably be crossed around the time they began to either feel under appreciated or around the time they began to feel overly appreciated, if you will. When they get a taste of satisfaction, they need more. Or, when they don't... they feel they must make up for it. Pride is a dangerous trait for the simple fact that it's needed in moderation and, unless people are careful (and we rarely are), it can either fade into extinction and render us weak human beings with no self esteem or, it can turn into something darker, arrogance or a since of godliness.
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FeralFungus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, you contend that pride becomes arrogance when either:
1) An achievement is reinforced by others beyond the actual merits of the achievement.
2) The individual believes an achievement holds more merit than is perceived by others.

That seems reasonable.

What do you suppose is an effective yardstick by which one can properly measure the merits of one's achievements (if indeed this is possible)?
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