why do we do things just like that?

In this article David Graeber talks about our innate tendencies to seek pleasure. (Also, this is where he, quite rightly, refers to Richard Dawkins as a militant atheist.) Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“My friend June Thunderstorm and I once spent a half an hour sitting in a meadow by a mountain lake, watching an inchworm dangle from the top of a stalk of grass, twist about in every possible direction, and then leap to the next stalk and do the same thing. And so it proceeded, in a vast circle, with what must have been a vast expenditure of energy, for what seemed like absolutely no reason at all.”

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