December 12th, 2005
|09:59 am - A busy weekend, war, wildlife relocation, and a photo|
Oh, a busy freakin' weekend it was, but I got a lot of things done. The tree is up, my new computer is fixed (in this case, "new" = "hand me down"), and my walk and driveway are clear of snow. I went to the Zoo and checked out the lights.
Last night, around 2 AM, I relocated some impressively-legged wildlife to the great outdoors. She did not take kindly to the sudden change in temperature.
I didn't get time to call the people I wanted to, namely romandruid and aislinggheal. This annoys me, because I was really hoping to solve the time/location issue, though a 6:30 PM start time at aislinggheal's house sounds like it's a go on her end, at least.
While listening to the classic song, War, I realized that war is the one thing that can really seperate humans from every other living thing on this planet. I can't think of anything else that is unique to humans.
And this morning I looked at my LJ to find a lovely picture that should come with my next WWF update. Thank you, shizukagozen. Some of you have already seen it, but you'll get to see it again.
I admit to feeling a bit out-of-sorts recently. That has, generally, been changing. And it will continue to change, I think. The North Wind licked my face this weekend.
There's a Golden Delicious Apple on my desk, awaiting my pleasure. It may sound a bit dirty to put it like that, but if you knew what went through my mind as I ate one, you'd think that was tame.
I won't be responding to the comments already left on my last entry. I think I said everything I needed to in the entry itself. While I like to make my journal a conversation, I don't think that there's much conversation left on that one. I've said my peace.
I'm updating my webpage, target date is currently 12/17/05. What would you like to see? Are there sections you'd like updated? Any suggestions?
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: "Twelve Volt Man", -JB
I don't know. I don't, personally, see anything sophisticated in how we feed ourselves, and as far as medicine goes, we're not doing anything terribly. . . unnatural
there. Shelter is just trying to get warm and dry. Heck, if elephants can make music
, I'm not sure you can really say that we're above through abstraction.
I suppose it's possible that we're no where above them at all, but what's the use in that? :)
Hmm, I guess it depends on one's own point of view. I look at things like preservatives, pasteurization, crop rotation, dehydration, refrigeration, factory mass production, distribution over vast distances by vehicle, etc, and see no analog in the animal kingdom. And indeed things like medicines, first aid, surgeries, radiation therapies, etc. Quite advanced in the healing arts compared to just licking one's wounds and hoping the herd doesn't leave you to die.
It almost seems like you're adopting the liberal's world view here. Seeing doom and gloom in everything man has wrought, while "nature" is innocent and pristine. But as I see things, we're exceptionally good at both creating and destroying.
Deer would destroy the world if they could, just through simple overpopulation and consumption of all available food. Do you think the deer cares about the ecological impact of his grazing? He's just looking out for number one. There's nothing bizarre or grotesque about humanity.
Actually, I think you misunderstand why I see war as so important.
It isn't where humans are at their worst. Quite the opposite, in fact: I find that humanity's truest poential is in conflict, battle,and war. Honestly, there is nowhere else that I would believe we can see what a human can truely do for his/herself and his/her closest friends. . . Heck, even total strangers.
If you read the stories connected to Medal of Honor recipients, you'll know what I mean. Nowhere else does humankind achieve such heights.
On the other hand, nowhere else does humankind acheive such lows, and often on the same field of battle.
So rather than being a bunch of people at their worst, it's a bunch of people being both the finest examples of humanity and the lowest. It is, in the end, a real measure of society.