Tuesday, November 22, 2011


You may remember that scene in Stanley Kubrick's epic "2001: A Space Odyssey" where having been spurred into intelligence by an alien monolith, one primitive ape makes the connection of wielding an ox bone as a weapon and after smashing it down on the skeletal remains of its owner, throws it high in the air where it spins.... Welcome to the dawn of man.

I often think of that bone, and the implications of intelligence imparted to us by whatever form it took, whether genetic mutation (evolution) or through the divine hand of a Deity. It is not the gift of intelligence that I ponder; rather our proclivity for abusing it. Smart people are just not necessarily better people, and intelligence does not mean one is smart.

Case in point, the Native Americans were just fine until the smarter European settlers arrived exerting their God given right to exert control. Given their natural balance, assimilation over thousands of years with the nature of this land, their balance between tribal beliefs and a minimal conflict when compared to the number of tribes, it could be said that pre-American America was Edenesque in its simplicity and intelligent design.

Until the bone started twirling.

And so I say "Happy Thanksgiving" because regardless of the above, I am glad to be here to give thanks for the many blessings in my life. Given the state of the world, the global conflicts, the global economy or just the many insanities that we prevail against, giving thanks for the ability to exercise a free agency of choice, investigate the many facets of our society, and hold dearly the things of true value should still count for something.

Enjoy the turkey, but don't throw that bone airborne; you never know what could happen.


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