Monday, August 1, 2011

#213 / Carapace


\ˈker-ə-ˌpās, ˈka-rə-\

1: a bony or chitinous case or shield covering the back or part of the back of an animal (as a turtle or crab)

2: a protective, decorative, or disguising shell
Carapace of reserve he built around himself


In many ways, the institutional arrangements that human beings have devised, and which in their totality comprise a human "society" or "civilization," are largely intended to protect and defend the individuals who make up the society, each one of whom is rather delicate and defenseless by himself or herself.

So taken for granted do these institutional arrangements become that the individuals being protected may not even understand the function of all this defensive apparatus, and may even have the illusion, inside the protective covering provided them, that they can survive alone.

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