Stop For A Moment And Consider The Tragic Cuteness Of A Porcupine

Furry little needle beasts looking for love, but never getting it!

A number of porcupines huddled together for warmth on a cold day in winter; but, as they began to prick one another with their quills, they were obliged to disperse. However the cold drove them together again, when just the same thing happened… In the same way the need of society drives the human porcupines together, only to be mutually repelled by the many prickly and disagreeable qualities of their nature.

-German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer

2. Consider the porcupine

3. A spiny little bear monster

4. That longs for comfort

5. But cannot give it or receive it

6. Tragic, bristling, prickly little thing

7. Making its way through life like all of us

8. Looking for love, scared to find it

9. Misunderstood, best kept at arm’s length

10. But loving nonetheless

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11. Sometimes we hurt those close to us

12. We are porcupines, porcupines are us

13. Affectionate but dangerous

14. Lo, for it is inevitable!

15. And so we soldier on

16. Doing the best we can with our prickly unchangeable nature

17. Deep down we’re all cuddly and warm

18. So won’t you consider the porcupine?

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