Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Function before Form

We heat dead meat over a fire to kill bacteria before consumption. Then we make all sorts of cuisines as varied expressions of the ability to do this, to ascribe status differences to different groups of people, to satisfy tastes and preferences.

We wear the skin of dead animals or the woven products of plants. Then we make all sorts of fashion styles to denote rank and satisfy whims and fancies.

Survival defines the function, culture defines the form.

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