Dear Reader, are you ready to hear about a theory I’ve been working on? Seeing how this is America’s foremost peer-reviewed scientific journal, I think that this would be an appropriate forum to share it. I must caution you that there is no data to back up the theory. And I should also inform you that I have sculpted it in drives to and from work. A nonconventional laboratory to say the least but it’s probably a nonconventional theory.
The theory revolves around the planet. Our planet. Moreover, it concerns us and our place within the hierarchy of the planet.
Watch animals for a while. They know their place. They eat when it’s time to eat. They sleep when it’s time to sleep. It all seems to work. Do you realize that there is even something called a Dung Beetle? You know how it got that name? It eats dung. Why? Because someone has to.
But let’s go back to the human animal for a minute. We are a self-centered lot. Even our theology reeks of it. Think about the teachings of some of the more popular institutions. This place is a test? And how we perform here determines where we go when we’re done? Really?
So here’s the theory. It’s not our planet. It was never supposed to be. Before I delve deeper, I would recommend throwing on some music. Try out Vangelis’ “Heaven and Hell: Part I”. I find that it clears the receptors. Carl Sagan was aware of the power of this particular tune.
If you’re still with me, you probably have a few questions. We have grasped the power of ones and zeroes in order to communicate out here in cyberspace. How in the world could this not be our planet?
Because, biologically speaking, we are a mutation. That’s it. We were a group of wandering primates that started eating fish. The Omega-3 helped to develop an oversized brain. We use language in order to communicate our anxieties and tools to turn on our television sets. However, at the end of the day, we are just a small group of apes that were run out of central Africa. This could explain the feeling of being lost that we all seem to share.
So whom was the planet intended for? From what I’ve seen, I think it was supposed to be for the elephants and the whales. As for us, our role better change to that of the custodian. We need to do a better job of cleaning up after ourselves.