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Quips

LIVE UNTIL I DIE
I have nothing better to do than live until I die.

SOLITUDE
Solitude is ego death, of sorts, because you can’t hide much from yourself.  Fear of solitude makes people lonely.

HOMO SAPIENS
So much for human beings.  I guess you have to be intelligent to create needless suffering.

SUFFERING
That human intelligence could create such suffering seems so contrary to common sense that I’m astounded people haven’t figured out how stupid that is.

FREEDOM
To chain a man, you first chain his thoughts, but people forget this makes slaves of both.  A free woman who wants to remain free will not seek to bind others to her.

IMAGINATION
Kurt Vonnegut said imagination is learned.  I believe the opposite.  Imagination is unlearned by systematic socialization into unchallenged belief systems.  Socialization constricts imagination and direct appreciation of experience. Experience stimulates imagination.  How can anyone live life without wondering about its meaning?  Isn’t this imagination at work?

SPARE CHANGE BUYS BALLS
Spare change buys balls, and if you have the balls, you choose the ball game.  Freedom is self-governance.  Capitalism is the individual’s freedom to negotiate a fair exchange in which both parties benefit.

BLIND AND DEAF
Just because you are blind and deaf, don’t assume vision and hearing are unproven.

GOVERNMENT FUTURES
We ought to sell government futures on the commodities market.  I wouldn’t invest a zinc penny, but if others believe the government has a future, they can throw in a few trillion electronic dollars to pay for it.

REJECTION
Every time I get rejected, it frees me of obligation, one that I’m not fully aware of feeling until I’m rejected.

YOUTHINASIA
“Youthinasia,” the plastic surgeon’s cure for aging and fat.  Liposuction to fuel cars.  Drive on your own unwanted fat.  “Lighten up, America” campaign.  Reduce dependence on anyone’s oil but your own.

Homo sapiens

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The United States’ federal debt as of July 31, 2014 was $17.6 trillion ($8 trillion in 2005). The sun, aged 4.6 billion years, has a projected total life of 10 billion years, with 5.4 billion years left. So, if the United States pays down its principal by $3259.26 per year, we will be debt-free by the time the sun burns out.

The earth is 4.5 billion years old.  Bacteria, the oldest life forms on earth, originated some 3.5 billion years ago; worms, 1,100 million; sharks, 410 million; and reptiles, 325 million years ago. Cockroaches are 250 million years old. Dinosaurs came and went between 248 and 145 million years ago. Birds are 213 million years old; lizards at least 65 million; cats 55 million; and dogs 34 million years old.

Homo sapiens, from the Latin, meaning “wise man,” is believed to be 2 million years old. The United States was 238 years old July 4, 2014.

If intelligence is measured by survivability and adaptability, bacteria are the smartest life forms on the planet. Bacteria and insects quickly develop immunity to the antibiotics and poisons that Homo sapiens uses against them.

Homo sapiens thinks he’s smart because he’s developed complex language, so that he can lie to himself and other Homo sapiens. He has invented work, money, and government.   He can blast the tops off mountains, mutate genes with chemical and nuclear reactions, and create industrial by-products that decimate ecosystems for miles around. Through his collective effort, he can poke holes in the atmosphere’s ozone layer and raise the entire planet’s temperature. He can build spaceships that slow the earth’s rotation.

What will he think of next? The bacteria, worms, and cockroaches have a better chance of surviving Homo sapiens’ intelligence than Homo sapiens does. They’ve lived through the ice ages and dinosaurs. Bacteria, especially, can live on the tops of mountains and the bottom of the sea, inside volcanoes, embedded in ice, and deep in caves. In fact, each Homo sapiens provides a home for 10 trillion bacteria, a number not as large as US federal debt; but unlike the federal debt, the bacteria can survive whether its host lives or dies. When the wise man dies, the bacteria will feast in and on his decomposing body.

And, if Homo sapiens succeeds in poisoning, bombing, or cooking himself into extinction, as he is smart enough to do, the bacteria, worms, and cockroaches will probably adapt to the change, learning to thrive on dioxins, organophosphates, polychlorinated biphenyls, and nuclear radiation.

Wise up, Homo sapiens. From the viewpoint of the planet’s oldest life forms, we are at the bottom of the food chain, but they don’t need us to survive.