Awww, a Zebra

This image recently showed up on Flickr (original is nicer):


With the caption:

“Alas for those who turn their eyes from zebras and dream of dragons! If we cannot learn to take joy in the merely real, our lives shall be empty indeed.” —Eliezer S. Yudkowsky.

“Awww!”, I said, and called over my girlfriend over to look.

“Awww!”, she said, and then looked at me, and said, “I think you need to take your own advice!”

Me: “But I’m looking at the zebra!”
Her: “On a computer!
Me: (Turns away, hides face.)
Her: “Have you ever even seen a zebra in real life?”
Me: “Yes! Yes, I have! My parents took me to Lincoln Park Zoo! …man, I hated that place.”

Part of the Joy in the Merely Real subsequence of Reductionism

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