Wednesday, September 17, 2008

What Kind of World?

What kind of world are we living in?

Well, it's the only world we have, so maybe it's a bit stoopid to ask.

Also, it depends on what kind of creature you ask.

The house fly says that it's fine and the cockroach too.

Rats are living high on, well not the hog actually, but their tails are fat from what they are getting by on.

The folks running things, the fat cats, the wise guys (of whatever stripe), the fuggin oligarchs -- yeah, they all think it's a fine world.

I used to brew beer as a hobby and it's a fun thing to do, you cook a great big pot of water, malt and hops. If you don't mind criticism from purists, you also put apples, potatoes -- anything to add some sugar...and then you add the yeast. The yeast cells go crazy -- they awaken to Heaven, that is food, food, food! So, the yeast cells eat, multiply geometrically and do the other things that cells do -- they excrete. In the case of yeast, their excrement includes a large portion of alcohol.

Kind of weird, isn't it? All of life is trying to something to do something to get ahead and yeast hit upon shitting (pissing?) alcohol which just happens to be an addictive substance for the (at present) dominant species on this poor planet -- which gives the yeasts which can eat sugars and shit/piss the purest alcohol a leg up on other microorganisms.

That just goes to show you that evolution works in often inscrutable ways -- which is pretty much what we used to say about Yee God.

What I am trying to say is that, although it looks pretty much like we have screwed the pooch as far as our planet is concerned, perhaps the Earth is just an apple and we are making a quality calvados for some divine dilletante...

On the other hand, I figure we could do better than that!

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