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    A bit of the expected (Patreon post for 11-18-18)

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    over all, the week went well, did the pickup in BC, headed to Texas, did the delivery, no snow. Actually, the weather was rather warm. Only had one night that was cold enough....
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    Diagnosing the Potential Causes of Our Currently Shared Global Predicament

    Diagnosing the Potential Causes of Our Currently Shared Global Predicament
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     A Rough Outline for an Ongoing Project

    Compiled by Taylor Wickham Hord, MSW / Corvuspointer

    Version 0.1 - Last Edited 21:50 PM - 11.19.2018  
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    tl;dr:
    - We currently face an epidemic of neurochemical addiction to social media, smart phones, tablets, and the internet. This addiction is the result of “slot-machine” dynamics present in most modern video games and social media platforms. This has been correlated with an unprecedented increase in self-harm behaviors and suicide, especially in young people born after 1995.
    - This addiction is causing mass outbreaks of symptoms, such as (but not limited to) gradual or sudden onset of: severe depression, severe anxiety, hostility, lashing out at friends, paranoia, uncontrollable moods, scary or confusing behavioral changes, crankiness, self-harm behavior, and suicide (See Figures above).
    - These instant-communication tools (Smart Phones, the Internet, Social Media, etc.) were unfamiliar to our evolutionary landscape until roughly 30 years ago and were rapidly deployed without much thought for long-term effects, resulting in the unforeseen consequences and perfect-storm conditions for the amplification and acceleration of genetic, human primate behavioral tendencies to "group up" in homogeneous "us versus them" identity / identifier group dynamics. These especially emerge when there is some perceived kind of great moral panic or social danger.
    - Similar to orthodox religious groups and cults, the individual is conditioned by way of groupthink and through fear of exile to abandon their previously personal or creative views in exchange for a group-approved, incontrovertible dogma. Straying from this even a little results in the loss of friends and to be re-categorized by the group as "Outsider / Unclean / Snake / Them / Witch / Satanist / Commie / Nazi / Transphobe / SJW / Alt-Left / Alt-Right / etc."  
    - The threat of exile is one the deepest primal fears of a human being, with origins going back through millions of years of evolution. This has resulted in a global landscape of extreme, vigorous self-censorship and inauthentic action-taking. People no longer know what is "true" or "untrue" on the internet.
    - We have collectively lost the capacity to disagree respectfully and constructively.
    - I am a clinical social worker, and have begun an attempt to compile my findings as dispassionately as possible, in order to share them with others and to find any new perspectives, so that we can work together to solve this looming and very real danger to our species.
    - Further empirical and unbiased, quantitative studies are desperately required to better understand this phenomenon.
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    Intro
    Many of my viewers might not be aware that I am a classically trained, master’s level clinical social worker. Though I haven't been practicing in the field for a few years now, I still take the NASW Code of Ethics very, very, very seriously, following them not only in my professional life, but my personal ones as well.
    The Opening Preamble of the NASW Code of Ethics states:
    "The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment  of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession's focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living."
    The findings of recent empirical research have been so alarming, that I deeply feel it is my ethical duty to try and provide some kind of ongoing assistance in the transparent face of increasing mental illness, self-harm, suicide, and homicide. I am quite certain that our Human family, worldwide, is in very real, very grave danger, due to several environmental forces that have created and contributed to global-scale unease and profoundly severe social decompensation.
    These are not just things I've observed in others; while I have Borderline Personality Disorder, on top of ASD and Complex-PTSD, the last few months have been a frightening experience of worse than usual mood shifts, panic attacks, paranoia, and crankiness. I know myself very well, and realized something was terribly wrong, well beyond my own diagnoses, so I dropped off the social / public map in order to fall back and begin aggressively examining what was actually happening to me, as accurately as I can.
    I love the fandom deeply, and I know that a lot of people are scared. That is why I am going to attempt, in an ongoing fashion, to "clinically diagnose" what is happening to our societies and our Human Family.
    These thoughts and observations are certainly not final ones, nor are they even remotely the only ones, nor are they meant to some ideologically-ossified "Gospel Truth." Instead, I hope they will be useful in our public discourse as a few initial ways of re-framing the anxiety and mood / behavioral shifts so many of us currently experience on a daily basis.
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    I. The Great Dopaminergic Horror; a Collective Epidemic of Novelty & Addiction to Dopamine

    - Since 2007, a majority of human beings have been slowly addicted to smartphones and social media, through processes very similar to an addiction to gambling.
    - The rapid rate at which these new technologies are being publicly deployed (driven only by short-term focused economic motivations) does not leave adequate time for empirical study to examine the long-term effects on society at-large and the unintended consequences that follow.
    - Dopamine is the "feel good" neurochemical. It is released when smoking, consuming alcohol, gambling, smoking / ingesting cannabis, orgasm / ejaculation, receiving positive comments / "likes" on social media platforms, etc.
    - Slipping a coin into a slot machine, pulling the lever, and waiting for the response has the same dopaminergic anticipation / response as posting Art / a Status Update / a Personal Thought to a social media platform / etc., and then compulsively refreshing the page to monitor for positive feedback's from Peers, thus delivering these "dopamine rewards" to the brain.
    - The addiction is not to the dopamine itself, but to the entire process of "losing" (an absence of positive feedback for that "turn") and "winning" (a release of dopamine, or a so-called "dopamine hit") to feels extraordinarily agreeable. Most MOBAs and Blizzard games such as “League of Legends,” “World of Warcraft,” “Diablo III,” “Overwatch,” and "Heartstone" are all fundamentally behaving in the same neurochemical ways as a slot machine in a casino, and are the same behavioral mechanisms present in social media.  
    - Some consequences of this epidemic (but certainly not all) are the mass outbreaks of the following symptoms of addiction:
        - Moderate to Severe levels of rapid onset Irritability / Crankiness / Hostile Moods.
        - New, Previously Unfamiliar Feelings of depression / severe, confusing anxiety.
        - Unable to moderate feelings or moods.
        - Losing interest in things you once liked to do.
        - Isolating / secretive about activities, especially with close friends or family.
        - Unable to sleep without a smartphone in close proximity.
        - Unable to moderate Social media / Video Game / Personal Smartphone usage.
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    II. Social Media and its Acceleration & Amplification of Innate Human Primate Tribalism
    - For millions of years, tree dwelling primates evolved in "us versus them" tribal groups, competing for resources in a common social geography, usually with each "group" inhabiting their own tree. Groups from different trees competed in this same manner.    
    - The Internet has a magnified our collectively held, genetically based innate primate tribalism, resulting in the clear and present "us versus them" dynamics playing out across politics, social media, pop-culture, and many other dimensions.
    - Partly due to this reversion, we have collectively lost the ability to disagree respectfully and constructively, resulting in warlike and tribal tendencies between two diametrically opposed groups, whether they are identity groups, political groups, racial / ethnic groups, etc.
    - Self-identified members of the "Alt-Right / Nazis" and the "Alt-Left / Antifa" are, on a global scale, behaving precisely like two tree-dwelling, human primate tribes, competing for some kind of dominance over the immediate environment.
    - Some, but certainly not all Signs and Symptoms of Unconscious, Innate Tribal behavior are:
        - Perceiving yourself as part of an identity group comprised of homogeneous people.
        - Powerful feelings of Hostility and / or disgust for other Homogeneous Identity Groups.
        - Frequently engaging in "Us vs. Them" language.
        - Frequently engaging in "Us vs. Them" Twitter / Social media fights, leading to Dopamine highs.
        - A sense of extreme exhilaration upon having "Shamed" an outsider individual or group.
        - Only consuming media and information that is sanctioned by the group leadership.
        - Only believe "The truth" as it is presented by Group leadership.
        - Belief that this "Truth" is Final and Inarguable.
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    III. The Reemergence of Human Primate Tendency for Mass Hysteria and Moral Panicking
    - The compounding levels of anxiety and our innate-primate nature have resulted in a new historical outbreak of Mass Hysteria / Moral Panics, magnified and accelerated by the Internet, Smartphones, and Global instant-communication platforms.
    - Mass Hysteria, or a "Moral Panic," is commonly defined as "A moral panic is a feeling of fear spread among a large number of people that some evil threatens the well-being of society."
    - Examples of historically important Moral Panics include: the Salem Witch Hunts, McCarthyism, Day-care sex-abuse hysteria of the 1980's, "Videogames and comic Books cause violence," and the 1950's-era fixation on and fear of switchblades.
    - The words "Nazi / Transphobe / Alt-Right, Alt-Left, SJW," and many others are operating very similarly in public discourse as the word "Commie, Communist, Red, etc." operated in the era of McCarthyism, or the word "Witch" operated during the Salem witch trials, or the word "Satanist / Baby Killer" operated during the period of Day-care sex-abuse hysteria.
    - As a result, we currently live in a society that cultivates and encourages insecurity.
    -  Some Symptoms include mass hysteria / moral panicking incllude:
        - Gradual or Sudden onset of Paranoia or Conspiracy Thinking.
        - Compulsive belief that any ideas counter to one’s own are made through clandestine ill-will.
        - Similar to the symptoms of Item II, Gradual or Sudden onset of intense disgust / hatred for specific a homogeneous group(s).
        - Shunning any ideas that cause any level of discomfort whatsoever.
        - Uncontrollable obsession with the notion that the opposing group is guilty of "Great Evil."
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    IV. The Bullied have become the Bullies
    - Many individuals now censor their language and thoughts around friends, due to fear of excommunication.
    - As already stated in Item II, having evolved in trees as smaller primates, we have a deeply primal instinct to not "misbehave" in such a way as to be thrown out of the group onto the dangerous ground below. This has resulted in vigorously severe anxiety and a distinct sense of "Walking on Eggshells" in certain social circles (especially where no such experience was present before.)
    - Many individuals that have experienced bullying in their past and are given some sense of perceived power over a group, tend to behave as though they wish to "turn the tables" on their bullying, and seem to enjoy consciously or unconsciously bullying others into compliance with the group, and leverage group membership as a way to "Boss" the members around, sometimes simply for amusement only.
    - Some examples of this presentation of Bullying are:
        - a sense of being interrogated to explain very specific word / media choice.
        - a sense that a third-party has control over which friends you have and whether they remain so.
        - being demanded to do involuntarily participate in actions that seem very uncomfortable.
    - This impulse is similar to the psychological phenomenon of "Acquired Situational Narcissism"
    - Peer Pressure is currently at unprecedented levels of severity, and has rendered many people vulnerable to "Bad Actors," and isolated from genuine, trusting peer-groups.

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    V. What can we do?
    These are not even .001% of all the possible recommendations I could make. But for now:
    - Just like a Dog or Cat growls or snarls when scared, so do humans "snarl" or "growl" when they are scared; this might express itself in a "meltdown," a comprehensive twitter rant, and lonely, fearful journal, etc. Remember, just because individuals sometimes treat others poorly does not mean every person has done so for ill or in bad-faith intentions. While some of them DO have this intention, a majority are scared right now, expressing their fear in their own personal, individual ways.  
    - Something many people do not have right now is someone who will not judge or criticize them for their views; simply listening to someone who is scared can make all the difference in the world to both individuals.
    - Be Nice to Each other. I am not kidding. Enough individuals doing so may literally save our species from driving itself collectively insane, and ultimately, extinct.
    - Try to educate yourself on any of the above issues that may have "rang true" for you more than others.
    - Try to listen to "outsider" viewpoints, even if you do not hold them yourself. You do not have to believe them, but consuming alternative viewpoints is critical to an accurate (as opposed to a skewed) reading of the world around us.
    - Attempt to disengage from 'Mob-on-Mob' Twitter / social media tribal identity 'wars.'
    - Remember that mostly everyone is scared. While there are absolutely malevolent, authoritarian, or sociopathic Human primates taking advantage of the current disarray, remember a majority of people are just as scared as the rest of us, and wish to do whatever they can to help. We are stronger working together than we are split and divided.
    - Know that you are not alone.
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    To Be Continued.

    If you've read this far, I deeply, deeply appreciate it. What you've read is the initial draft for a much, much more exhaustively research, cited, and written paper.
    I have easily 20-30 other "Bullet Points" (as opposed to the Five you've just read through) that I'll be stitching into this ongoing draft, but for now, I hope at least one or two of these thoughts will be useful for you for the time being.  
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    If there is any "Group" or "religion" that I have tried to follow and encapsulate in my life, my behavior, and my intentions and dreams, it would be the values and lessons of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Every week I watched the crew of the Enterprise, the "Good Guys," do everything in their power to save the day, in the name of peace, science, a free marketplace of ideas, and unity.
    The Enterprise is here to help; PapaBull is one of those Good Guys, I promise.
    Corvy / Taylor
     
     
     

    A relaxing week (Patreon post for 11-11-18)

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    this will be a short one since hardly nothing happened worth noting.
    The driving went well. Everything lined up. Delivered on Thursday and took the rest of the weekend off.
    The plan was to go to the Banff Hot .....
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    I hate having to come up with these (Patreon post for 11-04-18)

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    this week went well. As I more or less expected, my manager’s so well laid plan came to a crashing halt when I reached Laredo, because they didn’t have anything heading ....
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    Does this really need a title? (Patreon post for 10-28-18)

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    This week was interesting. Fist off, I can finally say that I have traveled the entirety of Hwy 3, also known as “Crowsnest Highway,” from Medicine Hat, AB to Hope, BC. Now ....
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    An explanation (Patreon post for 10-21-18)

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    I owe you all an explanation for the lack of a post last week.
    I was planning on making one, I was even going to type it using the new keyboard/mouse system I’d finally been able to grab from my friend’s place (http://keymouse.com/) the thing I forgot ....
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    Back in my truck (Patreon post for 10-07-18)

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    I am back in my truck, got back in it on Wednesday, and that led to some interesting stuff. The plan was to quickly switch truck and continue with the delivery, but even thought I called in on Monday to tell them I’d get my in my truck, when I get there, my truck ....
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    Not much to say (Patreon post for 09-30-18)

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    This week was utterly uneventful. I delivered neat Houston, where I arrived 4 hours early, so had to sit. Picked up north of Houston and now I’m on my way to Ontario, where I will hopefully ....
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    Sometimes, I wonder why I bother (Patreon post for 09-16-18)

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    I think I’ve used this title before.
    Last week, about an hour after doing the pickup on Friday, I messaged my managed with this message. “After I do the delivery one Wednesday, I need to go to Penske to get the Inverter fixed.” He replied with “Ok”
    Once I’m at the customer, this Wednesday....
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    Miscommunication and having to rush (Patreon post for 09-16-18)

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    this week I finished my vacation. I had a good last few days. I visited a friend north east of Peterborough, ON, at his cabin. Unfortunately, it rained most of the day and night, so we couldn’t have the camp fire we were looking forward to.
    After that things got interesting ....
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    A little change (Patreon post for 09-09-18)

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    This week work was…oh right, I’m on vacation, so I don’t care what work might have been like.
    I had a friend visit for a few days this week, a really nice guy, fun to hang out ....
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    Being home (Patreon post for 09-02-18)

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    I listening to a book this week, Neverwhere. It’s an okay book by Neil Gaiman, but the thing is that until about the halfway mark I couldn’t shake the feeling that I’d read this....
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    I am Tired (Patreon post for 08-26-18)

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    Let’s see did anything worth talking about happened this week.
    Right, I informed Dispatch I’d be at the customer on Wednesday at 11am. So of course, they set the appointment for 9am. There are days when I really wonder why I even bother .....
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    Another week, another title (Patreon post for 08-19-18)

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    This week was mostly uneventful.
    Tuesday around 11am, my manager call wanting to know why I wasn’t at the customer yet, the delivery was at 9am. I double checked my load information and informed him that I was told to be there before 1pm, which I was going to make on time. then he asked me if.....
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    Miscommunications and good timing (Patreon post for 08-12-18)

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    This week went okay. I spent more of it parked then I would have liked, but that down time was productive.
    The main issue was the delivery. I got there a couple of hours early, to find out they wanted me to drop the trailer. It wasn’t because I was early, it was because they had no idea if they were even going to be able to unload it that day. Turns out ....
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    When I don’t know what to talk about (Patreon post for 08-05-18)

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    This week’s post will probably be short. I don’t think anything of note has happened. The driving was uneventful, I made it to Laredo and the same day I left....
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    Almost didn’t post (Patreon post for 07-29-18)

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    Almost didn’t post today. Not because I forgot about it, that was yesterday, but because after spending the day writing, I hit dinner time pretty tired and sort of meandered the evening away, surfing and chatting. I was about to do some editing ....
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    Am I on time this time? (Patreon post for 07-15-18)

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    This week went well. The driving was okay, I got to Brampton on Thursday early afternoon, checked in to let dispatch know I was here and hand over the papers for the load. I was told the scheduler was working on .....
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    Two Imaginations are Better than One; Answering the Question, "What is a Furry?"

    - ‘Two Imaginations are Better than One’ -
     
    Answering the Question: "What is a Furry."
     
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    By Corvuspointer

     
    "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane
    by those who could not hear the music." - Nietzsche
     


     
    The question "What is a furry?" is a really HARD question to answer, isn't it?
     
    I mean, it's EASY to answer a question such as, "What is a 'Star Wars' fan?"
     
                      "Well DUH! That person is fan of Star Wars, of course!"
     
      But what do you say when an imposing figure looms over you, and impatiently asks:
     
          "What the heck is a FURRY??"
             ......
     
    .......That..... is a very difficult question to answer, right? And For many years, while attending dozens of furry or anime conventions, I've seen HUNDREDS of people with that same puzzled-look in their eyes, after having been asked that same question by a curious passerby.
     
    And let me tell you something...that question stumped me, too, for years, and as a former clinical social worker, it's a question that I take very, very seriously.
     
    After meditating on the subject, I wished to share some of my thoughts with you.
     
    I do this because it breaks my heart knowing that so many of us feel as though we must hide this crucially important part of ourselves from our families, our friends, and Our World.
     
    Worse still, it breaks my heart that a number of Furry Conventions have been involuntary shut down, thus taking away the only opportunity that many people have each year to be in-person with their closest friends.
     
    And for 10 straight years, it has broken my heart to watch this extraordinary fandom get mocked, bullied, mistreated and misunderstood by news media and by the general population of our World.
     
    I FIERCELY believe the Furry Fandom genuinely deserves better, especially in how we are perceived by the public. I also believe that if the public were able to better understand what the fandom is, a lot of bullying, misunderstandings, and misplaced-disgust would evaporate.
     
    But my STRONGEST belief about the Fandom?
     
    I believe with all my heart, that our very frightened and very confused global community could learn extremely useful and extremely healing lessons from the fandom.
     
    And so, when someone asks you the question "What is a Furry?"


     
    Well....We are fans of our OWN, PERSONAL IMAGINATIONS!!

     
    Furthermore???...............This means we are ALL 'fans' of Individuality ITSELF!!!!!
     
    What do I MEAN by this? Well, think about it! What is the ONE commonality in ALL of our Fursonas?
     
    ……..We would prefer that they are totally unique, and different than ALL others……Why…..
     
    THEY ARE US!!!! They are an OUTER representation of who WE are BECOMING!
     
    Through discovering more and MORE about what our Fursona looks like, through our UNIQUENESS, we find our strength, our species; our SHAPE!
     
    I mean……….....WOOOOOOWWWW!!!
     
    I am PROUD to be a Furry. I LOVE being a Furry, and the I think the fandom has MUCH to be proud of, too.
     
    “But wait Corvy, what EXACTLY did you mean by ‘Individuality??”
     
    Well my friends, in Psychology, "Individuation" is the process of discovering who YOU are; Not what OTHERS think you should be, but who you want to be, EVEN IF you’ve not yet found the words or pictures to explain it.
     
    You see, discovering NEW parts of ourselves and building a sense of "....Who AM I, really??" is a VERY hard thing to do by yourself! Humans need other Humans!
     
    We need INTERACTIONS! We need STORIES! We need ART! We need INSPIRATION!
     
    Our Ancestors found "parts of Themselves" in the different shapes and patterns of the constellations in the night sky. Today, we find "parts of Ourselves" by watching our favorite movies, reading our favorite books, going to religious and cultural services, or finding a brand new artist who stirs our imaginations and super-charges our imaginations with inspiration.
    But!
     
    There is another source of this inspiration, isn't there? One that doesn’t come from the outside, but from the inside. A source that is the very HEARTBEAT of the Furry fandom:
     
    Our OWN DREAMS. Our OWN IMAGINATIONS.
     
    And when we experience difficulty in finding what we are looking for in our OWN imaginations? We seek out the imaginations of others, so that we can be inspired by another, totally unique imagination.
     
    We work together to build WHOLE new worlds, ENTIRELY NEW and EXCITING senses of IDENTITY.
     
    To put this even MORE simply?
     
    We. Are. COLLABORATING!!!
     
    You see the collaboration between a multitude of individual imaginations at nearly EVERY level of the Furry community:
     
    Artists collaborating with their clients;
     
    Roleplayers exploring a brand new world which they both helped create;
     
    Trading your sketchbook with another artist so you can draw each others ideas;
     
    Brainstorming new ideas for new and different character designs;
     
    or even venting to someone who has given you a shoulder to cry on, and someone with whom you are safe.
     
    Together, Furries have made the same discovery our ancient ancestors stumbled upon while gazing into the night sky, hand in hand, thousands and thousands of years ago:
     
                                                               Two imaginations are better than one.
     
    The Furry Fandom is an absolutely remarkable group of Individuals. We transcend International borders, cultural divisions, and socio-economic lines.
     
    We are a GLOBAL neighborhood of INDIVIDUALS, and in our personal uniqueness, we are made stronger, together.
     
    We CELEBRATE, ENCOURAGE, and SUPPORT each other, all while pursuing our OWN, unique Sense of Personal Identity.  
     
    We are an ever growing and ever evolving infinite diversity of infinite combinations.
     
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     
    I will stop here for the moment,  although I intend to write much more on this subject in the very near future.
     
    I know that so many of us do not have the words to explain to our families just what it means to be "Furry." As consequence, many good, kind, and gentle people are rendered alone, isolated, shunned, and rejected.
     
    I hope these words are useful to Furries and non-Furries alike (especially to your families), in better understanding this incredibly beautiful and vivacious community.
     
    I hope we can all start developing a common language, so we can all better understand each other, and, as a consequence, learn more about ourselves.
     
    We are so much stronger because of our shared love for collaboration, imagination, and inspiration..
     
                     As for me? I think the Spirit of our Community is most easily put like this:

     
                                                        "I like you just the way you are."

     

    Character Development Block: Seeking help

    Hi folks! It seems that I am running into a major road block in my galleries. I want to release a new character, but the problem is I need to flesh out the backstory for a new guy, and I need help with this one since I might consider a military background.


    I don't know if I will have the research or mindset to build one, which is why I need help for ideas or suggestions as to how I should develop my character. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated in this tremendous endeavor!

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    Cheat Sheet 2

    Find Kihu's other works in these following websites!
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    Find Kihu's other works in these following websites!
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    The Overhaul

    Greetings to viewers, both new and old!

    I suppose that it might be time to straighten up the shelves and dust the cobwebs, or in other places get ready to set things straight up for the first time. Nevertheless, I am planning to get things situated and synced up across several profiles on similar sites.

    My aim is to get things looking nice and organized, but that could take some time at my current rate of progression. So apologies if things still look minimal when compared to my main account on Fur Affinity! Rest assured, I will be trying to have a more active presence in maintaining my profiles across other profiles for the benefit of those communities!

    All I can say is sit tight, relax, and enjoy what's next to come!
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