CROOKED ADVANTAGE

0,,16186118_303,00We live in a dark age. It’s common to hear the man of the 21st century boast about the giant strides that the human species have made on the sands of time ever since he showed up on this blue sphere we have come to love and call home.

Man – that elegant creature was not always elegant. Scientists say he once had a half-stooped posture and crawled on all fours like an ape until he somehow stretched the genetic ladder and became Homo erectus. His brain however was still not fully developed. Therefore he dwelled in caves like the animals of today and hunted wild game for his upkeep. At such a time, the idea of agriculture may have sounded absurd.

Time, chance and many other biological events happened once more to this lowly creature and took him straight up to the genetic pedestal of Homo sapiens – the intelligent man. And now he stands at the top of the food chain: erect, intelligent, stately, and kingly in visage – an ecological lord. Blessed with the largest brain among the organisms in this planet, he has accordingly achieved marvels in science, technology and even the arts. It is not uncommon to find him puffed up, having found confidence that breeds arrogance; he worships himself, his accumulated knowledge, his many inventions, his large cerebrum. He thinks himself to be the peak of intelligence, and makes a god of his achievements.

Man seems to be so pleased by his new found ability to weave complex thought, his ability to conceive reason that it sometimes amounts to intellectual masturbation. The thought in his head is the valid one and sometimes gets so carried away by this belief, that he so quickly forgets that fellow members of the same species are as endowed as he is. Continue reading