Humans are uniquely adept at utilizing systems of symbolic communication such as language and art for self-expression, the exchange of ideas, and organization. Humans create complex social structures composed of many cooperating and competing groups, from families and kinship networks to states. Social interactions between humans have established an extremely wide variety of values, social norms, and rituals, which together form the basis of human society. The human desire to understand and influence their environment, and explain and manipulate phenomena, has been the foundation for the development of science, philosophy, mythology, and religion.

“I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”

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A boy rescues his sister from underneath the rubble of their home in Syria

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Toshimana, an apprentice Geisha in Kyoto

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(Seiya Bowen/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

 

Yezidi girl carries an assault rifle to protect her family against ISIS

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Lawyer and his assistant

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A mother and her 3 year-old daughter, who were attacked with acid by their husband/father

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Girl that survived 11 days in Siberian Forest

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Blind albino boys in their boarding room at a mission school for the blind in West Bengal, India, 2013

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3 weeks-old newborn with albinism happily sleeping with his cousin in Kinshasa,
Congo photo Patricia Willocq

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Siberian Family Meal

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Public bus passengers try to rescue a woman who tried to commit suicide by
slitting her wrist with a fruit knife

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A boy of the nomadic Suri tribe of Ethiopia, in traditional face/body paint and attire

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Iowa couple of 72 years finally gets married

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A Palestinian girl with a Kalashnikov rifle, amid Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza City

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The face of a Chinese coal miner

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Those eyes..

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7 Year Old Syrian Rebel

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Rice Farmer in Small Villiage, Vietnam

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An 18 year old IDF soldier pauses after a long run in full gear and battle paint. By Asher Svidensky

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Tea time on the Yamal peninsula

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Malagasy girl walks among the Baobab trees

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 Ethiopian girl from the Hamer tribe

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A Monk And His Brother

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A poor farmer’s son graduated

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A girl from the minority Yazidi sect rests at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour,
Dohuk province after fleeing Islamic State militants

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Mother and Daughter

 

Taking a break at Burning Man

 

Alcoholic Father with child

 

2 Year Old Offering Food To Her Handicapped Mom