Life's 100 Greatest Mysteries

In a recent National Geographic, they featured what they considered our 100 greatest mysteries. That may not be a conversation starter with the drinker next to you, but it’s worth a try. Who doesn’t love a mystery?

The editors made some intriguing choices: How Did The Universe Begin… How Will It End…How Did They Build The Great Pyramids…Stonehenge… Atlantis… Mayans…Easter Island…Jamestown Slate…Lost Tribe of Israel..Shroud of Turin… Holy Grail…Noah’s Ark…UFOs…Garden of Eden…Bermuda Triangle…Why We Yawn…Why We Sleep…Why We Still Go To Bear Games.

Alright, that last one is mine.

Turns out the magazine whets our curiosity gene about each mystery, but then satisfies it with the same iffy device they use on the history channels. The cop out rhetorical question: “Is it possible that….”

Answered or not, they still left one out. That 101st mystery which is each and every one of us. Not that most of us are so remarkable, but each of us is like the mystery of the snowflake. Not one of us is exactly alike. Each a mysterious unrepeatable act of God [ or evolution, if you prefer]. Each a unique mix of billions of molecules, DNA, genes and consciousness is , so far as we know, nowhere else to be found.

But now let me add an epilogue. At my age I suspect there’s one more mystery they should have mentioned. The way today’s world is relentlessly squeezing us elders to the margins of the culture. I mean, otherwise why does the world continue to produce widgets we can’t figure out, cans and boxes we can’t open, and conversations on television we can’t hear?

I may sound a little paranoid. Come to think of it, at my age I am.

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