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4. More and Bigger by thecitizen-dv 4. More and Bigger by thecitizen-dv
Print the fourth in the Mice Series. The mouse is never satisfied with what it has, always looking to its neighbour in envy. The sad irony is that no matter the luxuries the mouse attains, it will always be running in circles to get more.

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dr-giddy Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
wow this is very wonderful I really liked it :) :) :)
would you mind if I used it in making poster for my university project
we have an event about using animal in medicine
it would be very nice form you if you agreed
if you agreed I will post the poster in Deviantart and I will link you back and put your credit
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dr-giddy Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
sorry I didnt read this line b4

" This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. See www.thecitizen.nu/copyleft for details. "

thaaaaaank soooo much for being soooo helpful :D
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dr-giddy Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Used here [link]
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HerrHaller Mar 10, 2012  Student Photographer
Absolutely brilliant. How goes the progress on that website you were working on? Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
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Mh, you know I don't really blame the mice for being envious...

I mean the first mouse is trapped in an inhumanly tiny cage with NO WATER.

The second mouse is just trapped in an inhumanly small cage.

While, the third mouse has a somewhat reasonably sized cage with water and a wheel so that he can get exercise, which is actually almost as necessary for happiness as the water.

Who wants to just sit in a cage? It's depressing.

When my hamster was alive, I spoiled him rotten. He had a nice cage, special nesting grass, mini sandwiches I made him, a better wheel that didn't lean to the side, new balls after the old ones got scratched up, a very fine mini wooden house, chew toys, and TONS of attention... I used to hold him up to my nose and suck his fur into my nostrils which he loved and you know what? He was really happy! No would he have been happy if I crowded his home with too many toys? Probably not... so there is a limit... but things can make you happy! Although the most important thing I gave him was time and attention... Now I miss my hamster... :(
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:iconthecitizen-dv:
You may be looking at the piece in too literal a fashion. Things do not bring happiness, only a sickness that disguises itself as happiness. My sympathies regarding your hamster.
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:iconbeesull:
I completely disagree and I think that view is a little extreme!

My hamster most certainly derived genuine happiness from his special nesting grass. Building a nest out of that grass gave him a purpose, it allowed him to act out his natural instincts. Humans are the same way.

Human instinct is to explore, and to want to travel. So we have roads and cars. My car is a thing which has brought me great happiness. I can't tell you how many hours I spent riding around with my friends listening to our favorite bands. Or how great my road trip to Florida was! It would bring me more happiness if it didn't have to run on fossil fuels and pollute the environment, but hopefully someday human ingenuity will find a way to fix that.

I also have a little pewter chest that I keep a bunch of loose jewels in, which seems like it should be exactly the type of "thing" you are referring to when you say that things can't bring happiness. The chest was a gift and I bought the jewels for myself from some shopping channel I just happened to flip past after I had a particularly good paycheck. They were expensive yes, and most certainly an indulgence, but I still love to look at them even years later. I earned the money to buy those jewels and they were a rare treat for myself. Honestly I don't even wear jewelry except for my engagement ring, but I just love something about those loose jewels. It's like my little secret treasure box. And if I ever have a child, I will most certainly let them play with my jewel chest and jewels! Things like that can spark a kids imagination! Heck it could spark anyone's imagination! Maybe my child will pretend to be a princess or a jewel thief! Or maybe they will play with just one jewel and pretend it is magical! Who knows, but "things" certainly can and do add to the human experience.

Excess doesn't bring happiness but "things" absolutely can.

Halloween is coming up! Would you say that a fancy costume can't bring happiness (be it homemade or store bought)? Of course it can! Two Halloween costumes? Not so much. One? ABSOLUTELY!!!
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Consumerism has stripped humanity of its perspective. Your car does not bring you happiness, your experiences do. Your jewels do not bring happiness, they bring enjoyment (which is something else entirely). I am not a hedonist. I do not believe that a life should be spent pursuing simple pleasures and comforts. Instead, we should live to pursue personal and societal growth. Possessions are not a sin, but a life that derives its meaning through the accumulation of things is a life without true meaning.
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HA! HA! HA! Well clearly you are not a hedonist. How could you be a hedonist when you are so completely averse to the pleasure derived from "things"? That would seem to be a good deal of pleasure you are averse to and apparently you're not too keen on pursuing simple pleasures or comforts either, whatever those might be.

Everything in life is an "experience" whether you get that experience from a person, animal, or intimate object it can be positive. Positive experiences generally lead to happiness.

I could not "enjoy" the "experience" of driving without a "thing" called a car. My happiness, or "enjoyment", if that's what you want to call it comes directly as a result of the "thing" and is not possible without it.

Societal and personal growth are both admirable goals, but there is no reason why humanity should have to forsake "simple pleasures" or the pleasure derived from "things" to achieve them.

The problem with society today is not that we are all terrible materialistic people, the problem is that as a whole we are not aware enough to control our own government and make sure that people play by a fair set of rules. Lack of awareness and inaction are the problems. One percent of the population is the problem, credit card debt among American's has went down in recent years, what we need is to tax the top 1%. They pay low wages to their employees, enjoy huge subsidies, and huge tax breaks. Then we could solve the debt crisis and start investing in green technology, ways to reduce our resource consumption, and education. At which point I firmly believe that we should still continue to "enjoy" our "things"!
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:iconthecitizen-dv:
And where do you think that lack of awareness comes from? In Western society we have become spoiled by comforts that no other civilization has ever enjoyed. It has made us weak and lazy. It is much easier to ignore the problems outside of your door when you have processed food on the table and violence on television. I do not desire to make this system work, because even at its best democratic capitalism is slavery masquerading as freedom. The truth is that we get the governments we deserve, and ours' is a poor reflection.

I favour a society with no government, but to get there we will need to grow as a species. It is time to put away childish things and realize what really matters in life. I am afraid we see things differently. Best of luck to you.
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