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The Moral of the Story

A blogger friend of mine reblogged this piece, and I am compelled to do likewise. I have felt like a dragon spewing fire all day by blog, tweet and post. I am angry, and I am angriest at those who aren’t angry at all. But anger only gets us so far. And we pay a terrible price for it in the long run.

So I share this excellent piece by TheLuddbrarian, “The Moral of the Story”. It is so thoughtful and intelligent… and those are the two qualities most glaringly absent in the midst of racist hatred. Thoughtfulness. Intelligence.

The notion of “mutual aid” being the foundation for the evolution of human society and advancement is so simple, it is instantly recognized as truth. Yet in these troubled times, we seem so far removed from mutual anything — let alone any sense of obligation to each other as human beings.

I will be honest: I am not hopeful. At least not for the foreseeable future. Perhaps our species will find its way back to cooperation, obligation and mutual assistance. If that is to happen, it will be thanks to countless conversations that must begin now, like waves lapping at the shore. And to that end, I share this. Because my flamethrower is tapped out for now.

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When surveying the news of recent days, weeks and months it can be a rather troublesome exercise to ask the question: what is the moral of this story? Granted, not every story has a moral—the news is not a fable, after all—and sometimes the lesson to be gleaned is not a particularly uplifting one. Indeed, it may be a lesson that we had been certain we had learned so long ago as to make the retelling seem anachronistic. And yet, even if we are seeing the headlines courtesy of the latest technological innovations the content of those headlines is a reminder that we are not as far removed from yesterday as some would like to think.

From Ferguson to Cleveland to New York City – it is proving to be a brutally cold winter. On Tuesday, December 2, Americans were encouraged to participate in the festive showing of conviviality known…

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Sharing this post from blogger Steve Morris, an English chap. We don’t always see eye-to-eye politically, but I enjoy his blend of philosophy and science. Consider the implications of this post: every single person on this planet right now is the most successful offspring of the most successful lineages of the human species. Wow. If that includes the Republicans in America, imagine the ones who didn’t make the cut! I suppose you might also find it quite uplifting, as I did.

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supermanCongratulations on making it here. You’re a survivor. Not only did you survive childbirth, childhood and however many years you’ve lived since (an achievement that sadly most humans in history didn’t manage), but so did your parents, your grand-parents, and all your ancestors back to some single-celled organism swimming through ancient seas.

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Suggestion For The Folks Over At Evolutionary HQ

From the moment we humans hit the ground we are hellbent on velocity:
scampering, toddling, running, and we’re off!

Then we hit a certain age and age hits back.
Everything takes longer. We slow to a crawl.

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Why do we start out fast – when we’ve got all the time in the world…
and slow down just when we begin running out of time?

 

Here’s an idea:

We should start out slow as children, and then speed up in our golden years.

Little kids would be much easier to catch.

And down the road – we might forget where we’re going – but we’d get there sooner.

Just a thought.

What would you put in the evolutionary suggestion box?

 

 

 

Ah, Kansas! You Never Disappoint!

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Forward Progressives — Conservative Kansas Group Suing to Remove Science from Schools, Claims Science is Unconstitutional.

What kind of asinine reasoning is behind this push?  Well, it’s quite simple—and completely idiotic.  This group claims that evolution is a religionand teaching it violates the separation of church and state.

Yes, you’ve read that correctly.  A religious group is claiming that evolution is a religion and therefore it shouldn’t be taught in schools.