Saturday, June 02, 2007


Three news stories caught my attention this week: Cindy Sheehan retired from her anti-war activism. Tuberculosis raised its ugly head once again, in a more virulent form. The weather in Oklahoma was weird - it has always been weird, but now it's extremely weird.

Surely there's no common thread - or is there?

I see mini-evolution.

Cindy Sheehan's decision to withdraw was a kind of evolution, born of despair. Perhaps her mind and body told her to change, because it's the only way she'll be able to survive.

The type of tuberculosis in the news this week is a stronger strain, no longer as susceptible to man's efforts to destroy it. That strain evolved to survive.

The weather appears to be evolving, in response to change forced upon the planet by man. Locals in our town are saying they have not encountered, in the past 30 years, anything like the long periods of torrential rain we've experienced recently. HWK talks about it at Thinks Happen. Is the planet evolving to survive? The planet will survive, there's no doubt about that.

We need change. Evolution is a natural necessity. What the human race needs to do is catch up. Catch up with Cindy Sheehan, bacteria, and the weather. We badly need to evolve. Our ways of thinking about how to live life on this planet have to change.

"Evolve to survive" has been nature's motto since the beginning of time, it ought to be ours. Perhaps nature will come to our aid - I believe she will. Coming changes "above", the transition of Saturn into Virgo in September, and Pluto into Capricorn in January 08, will jolt us, here "below", from our current reverie. Perhaps a new dawning of awareness will have change and evolution in its wake.

And, on a lighter note, yesterday, 1st June marked the 40th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' album "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".
Ye gods! 40 years? Where did they go?

I have to admit that I have never owned a Beatles record, single or album. It's only recently that I've come to appreciate their music. I must have evolved! I'd been lagging behind, but I got there in the end.

(Evolving Planet image: Entrance, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois, USA Source: Date taken: 3-11-06 Joseph Herrmann III.)

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