If the Designer Made a Perfect Universe, How Did a Sapient Monkey Get In?

Man, Proud Man...

Man, Proud Man…

Seems to me, most problems in the U.S. and most other places come down to the citizens. In America, we vote for the government we want; that makes us responsible for it. Yeah, they lie to us but voters have to be old enough to know that, right? It still comes back to us.

So, what kind of creature are we, that we keep on selecting the sort of human tripe that we do? That makes us human tripe too, doesn’t it? Hate to admit it, but yeah. Well then, what’s with our design? We build up a nice Greek culture of a Roman Empire or a Western Civilization and just when we’re patting ourselves on our backs for that, BOOM! We tear it all down or we let someone else, some sweaty, smelly barbarian, come in and do it for us. Over and over, too. We must be a faulty design!

The neat part of being a faulty design, is that we can blame the designer; we needn’t take responsibility ourselves. Our design, seems to me, leaves plenty of room for blame. Consider: Of all the earth’s mammals, we alone can’t handle our own hair. Most creatures have permanent fur coats. A few–very few–are like us, naked. Mole rats, for instance. But did you ever see a mole rat getting a haircut? But all of us need regular haircuts. However, the hair that needs to be cut is no help; we need clothes, too or we freeze to death. It’s a ridiculous design!

Then there’s our stupid reproduction. What other species is stuck with a decade and a half to get a kid launched? What other species is so stupid as to keep their teen-aged rebels around for years? And don’t get me started on tuition at college… When I get an interview with our Designer, I’m going to have more than a few questions, believe me!

And we breed like mad if you compare us to equally long-lived species. Most really rapid breeders need that because they’re also really rapid at dying. In fact, most of them have some very effective predator assigned to assure it. Not us, we have to rely on ourselves for predation to keep us in bounds. I’ll not deny we do it pretty well, though. I guess that’s efficient. I don’t see the sense of our design, though.

Shakespeare wrote: “Man, proud man,

dressed in a little, brief authority,

most ignorant of what he’s most assured,

his glassy essence like an angry ape,

plays such tricks before high heaven,

as make the angels weep.

Huh! Maybe I’m missing the whole point; maybe we’re just here to amuse the Designer on coffee breaks…

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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8 Responses to If the Designer Made a Perfect Universe, How Did a Sapient Monkey Get In?

  1. the unit says:

    And later yesterday comment by Sir David Attenborough was brought to my attention. Two days ago he said :
    “We are a plague on the Earth. It’s coming home to roost over the next 50
    years or so. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food
    for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural
    world will do it for us; and the natural world is doing it for us right now.”
    He’s an even older old codger than Lamm. And they are planning some amusement, for who will be amused I’m not sure. Between the likes of them and the Independent Payment Advisory Board, I stand little chance. I say let the natural world order do it’s thing, not the NWO.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Yeah…Thomas Malthus was also a Brit, if I recall, selling the same brand of manure. He wisely died before the embarrassment of the ‘green revolution’ proved his foolishness. We’ve needed fewer folks and less and less land to eat for a long time now… the main drag on progress being government regulation, I think. For such as ” Attenborough, the only obvious answer would be fumigation of the earth…a thought admittedly sometimes tempting, but not for Attenborough’s reasons!

      • the unit says:

        For a million born, 1.2 million passing in Japan I think I read. The rabbits being in Islamic culture where all is covered except conception places. Looks like all old Brits failed. Nobody stands anymore including Phil Mickleson.

  2. Jack Curtis says:

    Looking at our history, perhaps it’s the playing out of another cycle; what we’ve built that is now failing will go forward to something better, as Classicism progressed into Western Christian society. Over, of course, generations of blood and death. But we’re too civilized to repeat that part, right?

  3. Argus says:

    Hair and design—I don’t think we are badly designed for (say) the Tokelaus. But not too crash-hot for midwinter Skagway, not without using our abilities to make adaptation possible (hijack some other beast’s fur coat, for example).
    Perhaps all those vaccines they are going to make compulsory will be selective—?

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