Humans need humans to be human?

There was a story, back on Tuesday, about research which shows that people who socialise on-line are less (“lazy, self-deluding thickies”, “a confused your moral compass”)

The interesting part here is not the story, but a parallel comment I’ve found:

Individuals aren’t naturally paid-up members of the human race, except biologically. They need to be bounced around by the Brownian motion of society, which is a mechanism by which human beings constantly remind one another that they are … well … human beings.

Where does this wonderful quote come from?

Terry Pratchett, in his book “Men at Arms”. Published in 1993 – so before the Internet, well before “Social Networks”


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