What would it mean, for humanity to evolve "from" animals?
Would we still:
· Grow hair?
· Reproduce sexually?
Um, YEA~AH . . .
What then about the rest of the Animal Kingdom would we bid a fond adieu to, if not the above?
Or, better, what would we
adopt as our new identity as a "post-animal" creature? (Please
understand, the word "creature" is equally
applicable to an entity, living or non-living, which comes into existence as a
result of any process. In the most basic
sense, a crystal inside a geode is a creature of geological processes, and the
president of the
· Truth, purged of any taint of distortion. Truth, on the grandest scale.
· Objectivity, better called disinterestedness, or lack of bias
· The Long View, as opposed to instant gratification and planning no further than the end of the quarter
· Things that Matter — when will people get their fill of fluff and drivel? Don't hold your breath.
Gandhi, when asked by a reporter, "What do you think of Western Civilization?" replied "I think it would be a good idea!"
All the American
presidents say they are Christians, and polls show that a self-proclaimed
homosexual has a better chance of taking that office than a self-proclaimed
atheist. Yet which of them has more than
a lapel-pin's worth of the Lowly Nazarene in him? Maybe Carter, but then only a limited amount,
and he is roundly denigrated as weak and inept. He is hated by the jingoists for giving back
The principal difference between the "new" us and the "old" us is nothing like the difference between the "new" Bob Dole and the "old" Bob Dole, before and after his most recent rogue facelift.
The difference between mankind and the lesser beasts is already dawning in the animal kingdom. Koko the gorilla recognizes herself in the mirror. She can sign her name (not with a pen, but with sign language) signifying that she is conscious of her uniqueness and selfhood.
[to be continued...]