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- No one ought to feel surprise at much remaining as yet unexplained in regard to the origin of species and varieties, if he make due allowance for our profound ignorance in regard to the mutual relations of the many beings which live around us. Who can explain why one species ranges widely and is very numerous, and why another allied species has a narrow range and is rare? Yet these relations are of the highest importance, for they determine the present welfare and, as I believe, the future success and modification of every inhabitant of this world. Still less do we know of the mutual relations of the innumerable inhabitants of the world during the many past geological epochs in its history. Although much remains obscure, and will long remain obscure, I can entertain no doubt, after the most deliberate study and dispassionate judgment of which I am capable, that the view which most naturalists until recently entertained, and which I formerly entertained- namely, that each species has been independently created- is erroneous. I am fully convinced that species are not immutable; but that those belonging to what are called the same genera are lineal descendants of some other and generally extinct species, in the same manner as the acknowledged varieties of any one species are the descendants of that species. Furthermore, I am convinced that Natural Selection has been the most important, but not the exclusive, means of modification.
-- Charles Darwin (1859 CE)
Intoxicated by luxury
- They despised everything but virtue, caring little for their present state of life, and thinking lightly of the possession of gold and other property, which seemed only a burden to them; neither were they intoxicated by luxury; nor did wealth deprive them of their self-control; but they were sober, and saw clearly that all these goods are increased by virtue and friendship with one another, whereas by too great regard and respect for them, they are lost and friendship with them.
-- Plato (360 BCE)
In the days of old...
- Darwin and Plato were talking about the past and how we got here. OK... not entirely the whole story, but that's how I'm looking at it. Plato was telling a story about something that happened nine thousand years before his time in a land called Atlantis. Darwin was concerned with fossils and geology going back many years before that.
- Now we have DNA which is adding to the story of how we got here. Oh and we shouldn't forget the UFO and extraterrestrial side of the story either. So, we still have the gods and E.T. on one side and science on the other. And it will remain so until science actually answers the age old question of how we got here.
- Actually, even if science does come up with the perfect answer, they still have the boredom factor to deal with. Compared to the gods and extraterrestrials; science tends to be boring. Lore, legends and magic is what we want.
I tawt I taw a puddy tat
- Just before sunrise I was looking east. It was starting to get light but the stars were still out. I noticed what looked like a satellite and watched it for about a minute when it changed direction. This surprised me and I kept watching it for another minute until it faded. I realized that it must have been a meteoroid that bounced off the atmosphere. Kind of boring except for one thing; before I realized what it was I had this odd feeling. The word that comes to mind is dread. I went inside and mentioned it. To blank stares. Whatever. I still remember that feeling.
-- Adam (2021 CE)