Saturday, February 23, 2013


"Humans at the Homo level appeared only very recently, following tens of millions of years of evolution among the primates."
"Contrary to general opinion, demons and gods do not vie for our allegiance. We are self-made, independent, alone and fragile. Self-understanding is what counts for long-term survival, both for individuals and for the species."

"The Riddle of the Human Species"



The real question is how did Charles Darwin’s beard evolve into such a huge, hairy heap of hirsuteness?

Did his beard ascend or descend from the whiskers of earlier primates?

And did the first amoebas have any hair follicles?

I know, my real question has itself evolved into other hairy queries.


The latest studies now indicate that humans learned speech from birds and other animals.

God gave us the voice box, and it was up to us to utter sounds that would evolve into words and language.

It was all simple enough until the Tower of Babel was built, and then all hell broke loose.

Tongues were talking different tunes, and wars began because of all the confusion.

 The lust for gold and designer suits also didn’t help.


Music brought the warring tribes together for a short while, until Rap hit the charts, and then the East and West started shooting each other again.

Rock and Roll survived, old bands got back together, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga were born, and the world economy got a shot in the arm.

Facebook brought people together, and made the jobs of the C.I.A. and N.S.A. a lot easier.

Dogs still barked.

Cats still meowed.

Babies still howled and laughed.

Talk shows stayed alive and well.

Politicians were still full of sound and fury, but mostly humbug.

American English had been mightily maimed by George W. Bush.

And so, the real question is still how did Charles Darwin’s beard evolve into such a huge, hairy heap of hirsuteness?

Let me know if you find this missing link…

Or lock of hair!







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