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The urge to explore

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Boldness vs. shyness seems to be genetically determined and both persist in species because both are important: the bold to try new foods and habitats, the shy to survive if the food or habitat proves deadly. And a given person is generally both bold and shy—e.g., bold in physical adventure, shy in social situations.

I was mulling this over with regard to shaving (of course) and how some shavers really want to settle down: find a brush, soap, razor, blade, and aftershave that works well for them, and then stick with those through thick and thin. Often, as is the human habit, this is cast as a virtue, a very good thing to do. But I think it comes down to the individual preference.

I, on the other hand, like to try new things in the areas of shaving and foods. For a while, I made it a point on every supermarket trip to buy a fruit, vegetable, meat, or whatever that I had never had before. In that area, I crave expanding my horizons. And, of course, I see that as a virtue, a very good thing to do. But in fact, it’s just my individual preference.

The same with shaving. I really enjoy trying new soaps, creams, brushes, razors, blades, aftershaves, and other paraphernalia. (You should see my bathroom: crammed to the ceiling with shaving stuff.)

OTOH, I really am a stay-at-home. Even as a kid, when we took a vacation, I’d rather stay home (and often did, when I was old enough). I was in late middle age before I ventured to Europe, with much trepidation. The Wife is shy in social situations, but an intrepid traveler, comfortable going places and seeing new things and relishing the adventure of it all.

Written by Leisureguy

2 September 2007 at 9:34 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

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