There never will be just one
It is not unusual for people to point out how similar are we .... that is to say, all of us who appear to be a part of "humankind." But, for me, I think about and wonder about our differences: Why, for instance, are some people politically liberal and others politically conservative. I am not talking simply about voting habits; I mean core beliefs so deep they are articles of faith and men go to war over them.
Why are some people instinctual killers and others innately saints?
Why do some people kill for their religion and others die for their religion?
Do you get my drift ?? Hmmmm .... the drift of time against the currents of random chance ....
Not too many years ago, the evolutionary chain displayed in text books was a relatively distinct line and the deepest questions revolved around "the missing link." Today, it is evident the resulting product we call homo sapiens sapiens emerged from a variety of "pre-modern creatures" (pre-human ??) which emerged from the mist of prehistory along differing routes of growth and evolution.
For instance, humans and chimpanzees split from a common ancestor between eight and nine million years ago and still have 98 percent of DNA in common, but evolutionary pathways did not follow a precise map and progress in a "straight line." Branches like australopithecines or kenyanthropus platyops emerged and later disappeared, but not without leaving some of their genes behind.
Without going any further into this mire before it swallows me up -- this quicksand of evolution -- my point is that while physical characteristics differ, so, too, do mental formulations due to the cocktail chemistry of DNA. We are not all the same product of the same evolutionary lines to the same degree. Those who study this professionally are not even in agreement if modern humans came from African origins or multiregional origins.
My point is that we all do not have the same genetic ancestors if we retreat back far enough beyond the dawn of measured time, which would explain why we find it so difficult -- maybe, even impossible -- to agree about this and that and to live in peace and harmony among each other.
How else does one explain why we kill each other simply because we see the world through different eyes and are "dead" certain our way is the one and the only right way?
The really, really interesting element to this is imagining where it might eventually lead to in the far distant future. There never will be just one .... one "brand" of us, I am reasonably certain .... and, I sincerely doubt the meek will ever inherit the earth.
Of course, there is always the chance a comet, such as Shoemaker-Levy 9 which struck Jupiter in 1994, will impact earth and eliminate all life forms .... or, a previously-unknown virus of pandemic proportions will surface from the bowels of the planet and destroy mankind before my theory can be proven correct.
We shall see .... at least, I will .... one way or another .... which reminds me, do you ever wonder if some memories of some ancestors might be transmitted within their DNA to you ??
Odds & ends
I broke down and bought another rifle. I have been trying to stop buying any more firearms for a while, but they are part of me as much as anything inanimate is capable of being .... beauty and the beast, in a sense ....
Deep Purple is on the radio .... classic rock station, of course.
I am on a Western "kick" at the moment, both in terms of firearms (my new/old rifle is a lever action) and films. I generally have said Clint Eastwood's film, "Unforgiven," is the No. 1 Western motion picture of all time. But, I have watched a 1950 film entitled, "Branded," three or four times during the past year. Alan Ladd and Mona Freeman are the lead actors. Anyway, without going into full review mode (old habits die hard), I will simply "proclaim" that "Branded" now has my vote for the all-time greatest Western film .... and, it has a wonderful, happy ending ....
By the way, there is another Western named, "The Unforgiven," from 1960 with Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn and Audie Murphy which could be defended as the best of its genre, too. In any case, Lancaster and Hepburn are their usual sensational selves in this movie and, no doubt, this was Murphy's best-ever performance. It just goes to show that when an "average" talent is put among the "best of the best" (in any work situation), it brings out the best in the ordinarily average.
"Wheel in the Sky" by Journey is now on the radio .... I am striking it rich tonight .... uffff .... Van Morrison .... Great White and "Rock Me" .... payday .... sunny afternoons and working on a tan, with rock and a bit of brandy after dark .... soon the lakes will be warm for swimming .... all that is missing is ....
I have spent literal years of "my own time" reading and shooting rifles and handguns; now, I would rather spend the next few years listening to music and drifting away into thoughtlessness while working on a tan, although none of it seems to serve any purpose. Does anything? I think I should have spent more time playing and less time working .... I am moody this evening ....
I have to say it: I assume most of you are aware of what has been going on in Baltimore, Maryland, the past few weeks. My own reaction is that it makes me feel embarrassed to be an American, and I think the mayor and other governing officials of that city are incompetent and a disgrace to the offices they hold .... be careful not only what you wish for, but who you vote for ....