Self Contained, A Photograph

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ā€œI think I could turn and live with the animals, they are so placid and self contained;

I stand and look at them and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition;
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins;
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God;
Not one is dissatisfied-not one is demented with the mania of owning things;
Not one kneels to another, nor his kind that lived thousands of years ago;
Not one is responsible or industrious over the whole earth.ā€
– Walt Whitman

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