What Do You Want To Be? Flawed Human Or Perfect Pelican?

Now just stop for one damn minute….!

Instead of hurrying from frantic moment to another frantic moment in your very busy life, just stop long enough to experience everything around you that should make you feel proud you’re human. I realize how flawed we are — god knows, it hits me smack in the libido every morning I shave — but I’m still glad I’m a flawed human rather than a perfect pelican.

Here’s why. Because of all the farms, dams, roads and bridges that have made this raw planet a viable home for us. All the schools, hospitals, concert halls and houses of worship whose erection has made this home honorable. All the staggering architecture, statuary, paintings, theatre and music which have poured magnificently from out of the minds and hearts of our species in order to distinguish us from the most magnificent pelican ever to soar.

Civilization — it’s been achieved by our species alone. Why…? Always for me the operative question. The one that must be answered by each of us if we honestly expect to remain human.

After thousands of years of philosophical and scientific why-thinking, here’s what it all comes down to. Well, for me. Because I admit to aching for graspable conclusions I can live with; not simply more arguable possibilities I must wrestle with.To the best of my understanding of the best philosophers and scientists in the best light possible, you and I have been programmed from the get-go.

All these works and words and wonders from all these humans all these centuries tell me our species just can’t help itself. It knows only how to continuously reach! stretch! seek! Returning to the operative why-question, take your choice [because you do have one]. Either we’ve been programmed for evolution or for eternity. Everything written in between is simply finessing the answer!.

Speaking for evolution Darwin spoke brilliantly: “At some future time the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate the savage races throughout the world.” Speaking for eternity, Augustine spoke brilliantly: “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they finally rest in thee.”

I’m still working on this, fellas. But I hear a clock ticking…………………..

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  • I too am working on it my friend ... please keep us informed of progress ... I have yet to find a pathway through the intellectual wilderness that we have stumbled into ... I take some comfort in the the fact that soon this Geezer can have an occasional 'rest' under wordless 'non-digital' trees that do do beg at the lofty premise of why we are here .. I will content myself soon with the laughter of my grandsons play ... it willl be good for my soul.

  • Your wordless trees and laughing grandsons should be all the language your need, fair friend

  • 12 days and we shall take the break with the 'joyfullness' of childhood ... and 'Trees' that have the best of social deportment ...

  • In reply to Geezer:

    Now that is a pretty good definiton of Mixed Emotions -- you taking a break and I taking a loss!!

  • Speaking of the pelican, here's Ogden Nash:

    A wonderful bird is the pelican.
    His bill will hold more than his belican.
    He takes in his beak
    Enough food for a week,
    But I'm damned if I see how the helican.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Great...! Only now I don't know who to admire more -- the pelican or Ogden Nash.,

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