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"Hurray For Evolution" "Hurray For Evolution"
by Jan Sand
2008-03-10 07:13:39
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My great grand daddy was a dinosaur
My brother was a monkey.
I came from what had come before.
I think one was a donkey.

A relative of long ago
I'm sure once was a frog.
With certainty my fam'ly tree
Had a fuzzy wuzzy dog.
For we are life and lively be
And won't accept we're done
For we're constructed of
The stuff of stars
And we're still having fun.
My babies will be molecules
That leap empty space.
They may be cockeyed cyborgs
Or perhaps the human race,
But crazy be or lazy be
Matters not a bit
For the universe
Would be much worse
If we'd ever quit.
Three cheers for evolution
And life that jumps to Mars,
Whether it be rabbits
Or living autocars.
We'll last as long as we can change
And dance and sing our songs.
We'll leap across the galaxy
And bang the stars like gongs.

    
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Emanuel Paparella2008-03-10 10:34:35
Reductionism: to explain the higher by the lower. A proponent and two critics:

“We are made of the stuff of the stars”

--Carl Sagan

“I tell you: one must still have chaos in one, to give birth to a dancing star. I tell you, ye have still chaos in you.
Alas! There cometh the time when man will no longer giver birth to any star. Alas! There cometh the time of the most despicable man, who can no longer despise himself.
Lo, I show you the last man.
What is love? What is creation? What is longing? What is a star?—so asked the last man and blinketh.
The earth hath then become small, and on it there hoppeth the last man who maketh everything small. His species is ineradicable like that of the ground flee; the last man liveth longest.
‘We have discovered happiness’—say the lest men, and blink thereby.

--Friedrich Nietzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra

L’amor che move il sole e le altre stelle

[The love that move the sun and the other stars]
--Dante (last verse of the Divine Comedy)



Emanuel Paparella2008-03-10 11:23:51
Errata: in the Nietzsche quote above "flee" should be flea and "lest men" should be last men.


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