Rest In Peace

Do you ever feel like there are two contrasting emotions clawing at your neck, fighting to get out?

Have you ever felt guilt when you laughed out loud, basked as the sun sprayed you with tiny gold freckles of rays; or ever so sad you wanted to cry but feared the tears would never stop flowing if you dared to let them out?

Music has become a solace for many these past weeks. Fear a trailing shadow whenever the news comes on. The tabloids hold no joy for the weary heart, no herald signaling freedom from pain. And with hushed tones the people on the streets have regaled us with tales of woe.

Death has come to vacation amongst us and he has brought his friends along.

They have come in robes of red and gold. Deceit billows with each twirl and envy does a neat pirouette to wow the crowd. Greed is a master of the tap dance– One. Two. Three– the longer you look the less you see. But the belle of the ball, Power, moves like none other. She’s been gifted with eternal youth, luring men and beast alike with her sultry sway. They are our gods of destruction, playing the dirge as the Reaper takes his soul.

Do you ever wonder what you have done to be lucky enough to have life? Granted the privilege to turn your eyes away from the sight of bodies, slaughtered by spraying bullets and the cold glint of a knife on your screen; or your ears from the cries of displaced families, children all victims of this mindless war?

When Christ said, my peace I leave with you, what did he mean?

Empathy with no lasting solution. A general disconnect from the sufferings around. A never ending belief that someday in no distant future everything will be alright. Or Hope—whatever that means to us.

Or is it death. Our final resting place. An end to grief, fear, uncertainty, and a mushroom cloud denting the serenity of the skies. Succor for weary souls—a displaced child, grieving mother, and the man whose life is in the grips of a deadly ailment.

Are there any explanations for why the world is in chaos? A conspiracy theory perhaps or maybe a fairytale, for even children need that to understand why mother hides her tears behind faded wrappers, and father sprouts fresh hairs of grey.

Any explanation other than that man has gone far up the evolutionary ladder and the only place left to go is down.

Advertisements

95 thoughts on “Rest In Peace

    • uju January 27, 2015 / 4:52 pm

      Beautiful song. Thanks for sharing 🙂

      Like

  1. cat9984 January 19, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    I have nominated you for the Premio Dardos Award. If you are interested, you can find the information on my latest post at https://cat9984.wordpress.com.
    (may also be on your “about” page)

    Like

  2. Obasi Chidi January 19, 2015 / 3:34 am

    In life,we live in death ( dead ) no further words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Like

    • archaeopteryx1 January 19, 2015 / 4:20 am

      Obasi, you don’t get invited to a lot of parties, do you?

      Like

      • uju January 19, 2015 / 7:20 am

        😀 Be nice, Arch

        Like

        • archaeopteryx1 January 19, 2015 / 2:32 pm

          Yes, Dear —

          Like

    • uju January 19, 2015 / 7:19 am

      oh wow. I’d like to believe i’m actually alive when i am lol

      Like

  3. ericjbaker January 18, 2015 / 10:04 pm

    Humans can be the best or the worst of all things.

    Like

    • uju January 19, 2015 / 7:19 am

      True that, Eric 😦

      Like

  4. olisakwerah January 18, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    There is an old line that says “there is enough for all in this world, but the injustice of man to man shut many out of the bounty of God’s creation’ As long as man exists, injustice, laziness, lack of opportunity, lack of creativity and other factors will bring about inequality. So I think there will always be ‘Haves and Have nots’. Again, this is not an uprising. It is pure terrorism and terrorists seldom make rational demands. The government should first, make National Security its priority then address other issues after that.

    Like

    • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 9:04 pm

      As long as man exists, injustice, laziness, lack of opportunity, lack of creativity and other factors will bring about inequality.

      GENESIS . . . last chapter

      In the end,
      There was Earth, and it was with form and beauty.
      And Man dwelt upon the lands of the Earth, among the meadows and the trees, and he said,
      “Let us build our dwellings in this place of beauty.”
      And he built cities and covered the Earth with concrete and steel.
      And the meadows were gone.
      And Man said, “It is good.”

      On the second day, Man looked upon the waters of the Earth.
      And Man said, “Let us put our wastes into the waters,
      That the dirt will be washed away.”
      And Man did.
      And the waters became polluted and foul in their smell.
      And Man said, “It is good.”

      On the third day, Man looked upon the forests of the Earth
      And saw that they were beautiful.
      And Man said, “Let us cut the timber for our homes and grind the wood for our use.”
      And Man did.
      And the lands became barren and the trees were gone.
      And Man said, “It is good.”

      On the fourth day, Man saw that animals were in abundance
      And ran in the fields and played in the sun.
      And Man said, “Let us cage these animals for our amusement and kill them for our sport.”
      And Man did.
      And there were no more animals on the face of the Earth.
      And Man said, “It is good.”

      On the fifth day, Man breathed the sweet air of the Earth.
      And Man said, “Let us dispose of our wastes into the air
      So the winds might blow them away.”
      And Man did.
      And the air became filled smoke and the fumes could not be blown away.
      And the air became heavy with dust, and choked and burned.
      And Man said, “It is good.”

      On the sixth day, Man saw himself, in skins of many colors;
      And speaking many tongues and languages, and Man feared.
      And that which he feared, he hated.
      And Man said, “Let us build great machines of war and destroy these, lest they destroy us.”
      And Man built great machines, and the Earth was fired with the rage of great wars.
      And Man said, “It is good.”

      On the seventh day, Man rested from his labors
      And the Earth was still,
      For Man no longer dwelt upon the Earth.
      And it was good.

      Kenneth Ross
      Reprinted from “The Idaho Wildlife Review”
      May/June 1967

      Like

      • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 9:22 pm

        Is that, in fact, to be our fate? Or will we wake up in time, cast our religions that drive wedges between us, to the winds where they belong, and concentrate on the welfare of each other, and of our Mother Earth?

        Like

    • uju January 19, 2015 / 7:25 am

      Do you know why people like violence? It’s because it makes them feel powerful. When that feeling is gone, may be when the objects of the act stop being scared, all that giddy feeling goes away. And there’s nothing left for the captor to feel.

      What if our solution is to embrace our mortality?

      Like

  5. archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    As long as there are “Haves” and “Have Nots,” there will always be struggles. And as long as there are struggles, there will always be those readily available to manipulate those struggles to their advantage. The only solution is enough for everyone.

    Like

    • uju January 19, 2015 / 7:23 am

      What is the measure of ‘enough’?

      Like

      • archaeopteryx1 January 19, 2015 / 2:37 pm

        That, I’m afraid, is subjective.

        Like

        • uju January 19, 2015 / 2:37 pm

          Ah. So there really is no solution.

          Like

          • archaeopteryx1 January 19, 2015 / 2:48 pm

            I wouldn’t say that – I’m sure that with time, intelligent minds, with Humankind’s best interests as a basis, could arrive at a mutually acceptable conclusion as to what basic human needs must be met, It’s just that I can’t do it sitting here, halfway through my first cup of coffee.

            Like

          • archaeopteryx1 January 19, 2015 / 2:51 pm

            Maslow’s hierarchy could certainly be a guideline.

            Liked by 1 person

          • N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ January 19, 2015 / 2:54 pm

            Yes, I believe there is a solution, but children are, for the most part, considered property, so I don’t expect to see progressive change any time soon. Whitney Houston sang a tune “The Greatest Love”

            “I believe the children are our future
            Treat them well and let them lead the way
            Show them all the beauty they possess inside
            Give them a sense of pride, to make it easier
            let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be.”

            Can it really be that simple? Yes, and now it’s been confirmed via neuroscience with regard to brain development. Right now, it’s still status quo: Human alpha males are at the top of the totem pole, when in fact, it should be children and their primary care givers. If you want stable, healthy societies, children being raised in stable, healthy environments should be top priority.

            Liked by 1 person

              • N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ January 19, 2015 / 4:39 pm

                Arch, I appreciate the fact that Maslow discusses attachment disorders which are caused when children don’t feel a sense of security and/or belonging. Based on a proliferation of neuroscience research and child/brain development, I would change the hierarchy of the pyramid. Safety and Love/Belonging should be the top two based on what we now know about how the brain develops.

                Children who don’t feel safe in their environment or don’t experience love and a sense of belonging are at a significant risk of developing pons dysfunction (in brain stem), thus causing attachment disorders, physical and mental illness, and a slew of behavioral problems such as:

                poor peer relationships, hyper vigilance, anxiety, destruction to self or others, superficially engaging phoniness, extreme measures to gain and exert control, lying, extreme anger, manipulation, violence, poor impulse control, lack of conscience, poor causal thinking, and cruelty to animals.

                Alpha males tend to have the least empathy because of high testosterone thus high dopamine levels (as noted in a previous comment). They are also the least likely to cooperate and share resources, which is why we need to change the way we prioritize and value. We are reaping the repercussions.

                Like

                • archaeopteryx1 January 19, 2015 / 5:52 pm

                  I would change the hierarchy of the pyramid. Safety and Love/Belonging should be the top two based on what we now know about how the brain develops.

                  I’m not sure you understand the architecture of the pyramid – what you’re suggesting would imply that Safety and Love/Belonging are least important. The most important need in the pyramid is at the bottom, and goes up from there.

                  Like

                • N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ January 19, 2015 / 6:03 pm

                  Sorry for the confusion. I’ll rephrase: Safety should be number 1 and Love/Belonging should be number 2. The research shows that you can give children food, water, shelter and clothes, but if they don’t have security and love/belonging, no amount of food, water, shelter and clothing will prevent them from developing what I listed above. A very sad lesson learned from orphanages.

                  Like

                • archaeopteryx1 January 20, 2015 / 12:55 am

                  if they don’t have security and love/belonging, no amount of food, water, shelter and clothing will prevent them from developing what I listed above>” – Probably not, but without food and water, no amount of love/belonging is going to keep them alive, hence the phrase, “You can’t live on love.”

                  Like

                • N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ January 20, 2015 / 1:00 am

                  Yes, but my point was about quality of life. Do you want a genocidal psychopath living with you or hanging out in your neighborhood? If so, I’ll give Boko Haram a call.

                  Like

                • archaeopteryx1 January 20, 2015 / 2:24 am

                  I’ll give Boko Haram a call.” – You have him on SpeedDial, do you?

                  Like

                • uju January 20, 2015 / 7:26 am

                  Hmmmm *side eyes her to Sambisa forest*

                  Like

                • archaeopteryx1 January 20, 2015 / 1:01 am

                  Yes, I’ve seen that – it reminded me of the rubber woman I keep in my closet, which in turn reminds me, I need to buy an air pump —

                  Like

                • archaeopteryx1 January 20, 2015 / 2:27 am

                  Liked by 1 person

                • archaeopteryx1 January 20, 2015 / 12:47 am

                  Sorry, Neuro, that I didn’t have time to stick around and elaborate, but I was running late to the movie, “Selma.” The premise of the hierarchy, is that until the needs of the first group are met, one can’t progress to the second. If, for example, you can’t breathe because you have a chunk of pork chop wedged in your esophagus, you’re not like likely to be overly concerned about employment at that moment.

                  Like

  6. N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ January 18, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    Uju, this petition just came to my email a few minutes ago. I’ll post the contents of the email, as it doesn’t show up on the petition when you click it. I’ll also leave the link so others can sign it. Avazz (meaning “voice”) is another human rights organization, a global web movement that sends out petitions.

    Dear Avaazers everywhere,

    Boko Haram just used a 10-year-old girl as a bomb-detonator right after massacring up to 2,000 people. But the government and the international community are hardly responding. There is a reign of terror in Northern Nigeria. Let’s call for an emergency UN Security Council meeting now:

    But Nigerian President Jonathan has said almost NOTHING about this in his election campaign, and his brutal army, instead of protecting civilians, is fuelling the insurgency.

    The world has put this crisis in the ‘too hard to solve’ box — the UN Security Council hasn’t even issued a Presidential Statement on Nigeria!

    The only good news: escalating violence has renewed pressure to act.

    Let’s multiply that pressure now and persuade our leaders and the United Nations to convene an emergency Security Council meeting and prioritise this crisis.

    Join this urgent call — for the sake of that tiny, innocent girl, and all those like her at risk:

    SIGN THE PETITION
    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_boko_haram_terror_new/?twi

    Nigeria is deep into a brutal conflict that’s ostensibly a Muslim/Christian war, but underlying it are tensions between an oil-rich, corrupt, ruling elite and a poor, disenfranchised and neglected North. Over 10,000 people were killed in 2014, and over 1.6 million Nigerians have fled their homes. Boko Haram now controls an area the size of Denmark.

    Politicians have fed this divide, and the recent surge in violence comes in the middle of a deadly election campaign. Shockingly, President Jonathan’s under-resourced response could be part of a dark game — if there is chaos in the North and low voter turnout, he is more likely to stay in power since his support base is in the South.

    International military advisers and special forces have been sent in, but there is hesitation about working with Nigerian units with terrible human rights records. The UN Council should now prioritise a comprehensive plan that includes cleaning up and training security forces to contain Boko Haram; investing in the poorest regions; and prioritising an anti-corruption programme.

    This is not a short, sharp, shock strategy — this crisis cannot be solved in days — but it is immoral to ignore it any longer. Our global community can ensure the UN Security Council finally lays out a genuine plan for peace.

    If we do nothing, thousands more will be killed, and the Boko Haram threat will spread. The attacks in Paris have reminded us that terror has no borders. Join the call:

    With elections looming and violence escalating, Nigeria is like a boiling pot. Politicians have failed their people, and the international community has allowed the situation to deteriorate. We cannot wait any longer and with enough backing, a strong UN statement could begin to change the game. Let’s make it happen.

    With hope and determination,

    Alice, Pascal, Mike, Melanie, Marigona, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team

    Uju, there are a lot of us who care about your country’s plight and are proactive. Be encouraged.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. olisakwerah January 18, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    Yes, I feel the contrasting emotions with increasing frequency.

    It’s impossible to be completely detached from the recurrent gruesomeness and consequent governmental incompetence.

    I find it very difficult to reconcile the events of the past years with the country I grew up in. I don’t know how we lost it but a great degree of humanity has become history. People stay indifferent and go about their businesses except when directly affected. I have had a couple of close shaves, one logic-defying actually…. and I have concluded that our continual survival is part of our destiny.

    On ‘why the world is in chaos’, if u permit me to go biblical, I’d say; the world is gradually grinding to a halt.

    Pensive piece Uju and spot-on.

    Liked by 1 person

    • uju January 18, 2015 / 5:39 pm

      “People stay indifferent and go about their businesses except when directly affected.”—

      I read a Freshly Pressed post in which the writer opined that people are a lot more affected by crisis when it’s closer to home.
      This is so true. The people in the South and West are becoming increasingly detached from the activities of the North. In fact the North has be downgraded to a perfect spot for churning out an incredible plotline for a horror novel.
      I don’t get it. What I hear some people say is, “let them keep killing themselves there”…..seriously?! Is this really what our country has become?
      What happens when BH comes to Lagos, or Portharcourt, or even Anambra? Will we be more affected then?

      We forget easily. Maybe that’s some psychological defence mechanism the average man develops, borne of witnessing too many tragic events and sufferings in one life time.
      If we’re not affected, then we’re safe. When we’re affected, there just might be no one left to save us.

      Liked by 1 person

      • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 6:23 pm

        Mak featured this on his blog today – it seems to fit here, as well:

        First they came for the Jews
        and I did not speak out
        because I was not a Jew.

        Then they came for the Communists
        and I did not speak out
        because I was not a Communist.

        Then they came for the trade unionists
        and I did not speak out
        because I was not a trade unionist.

        Then they came for me
        and there was no one left to speak out for me.

        Like

        • uju January 18, 2015 / 6:44 pm

          Ah thank you. I remember reading this a long time ago, but couldn’t remember what wrote it 🙂

          Very apt explanation for our silence.

          Like

      • makagutu January 18, 2015 / 7:04 pm

        If my sources are to be trusted, the poem arch has pasted is attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller

        Like

          • makagutu January 18, 2015 / 7:12 pm

            I think he was.
            I didn’t think you guys had such bad internet, maybe you should launch a campaign for bad internet providers award 😛

            Like

            • uju January 18, 2015 / 7:19 pm

              Nah. Any award will be too good for them.

              Like

  8. mixloadedTpage January 18, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Peace, Perfect peace is way far from finger tip
    the very soul of man stoke in a sinkhole of violence
    wanting a second ransom for this century
    a projection of worse happenings from far before

    found ourselves in the middle of what we dont know
    taking up from where our fathers stopped
    fighting the bitter sweet fight of life
    peace, perfect peace is what we pray.

    how can there be peace when a thousand persons fight for power? Let the role of leadership be dissolved only then can we find perfect peace we all pray.

    Music has always been the sole audit this day. When the turbulence rise, i stock my ears with lot of music.

    join me with music via http://www.mixloaded.com

    Like

    • uju January 18, 2015 / 6:07 pm

      Where would the world be without Art? Surely we’d become mere bodies floating around this infinite space, without emotions nor knowledge of it.

      Like

      • mixloaded January 19, 2015 / 6:59 am

        greet God himself saw the need for good music. there came the need for the cherubs. i pray we see total peace oneday before we visit the mud we are carved from

        Like

        • uju January 19, 2015 / 7:20 am

          Amen 🙂 Or the mud could be peace.

          Like

  9. N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ January 17, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    According to research, we are actually living in the most peaceful era in human history. This excellent video charts the decline in violence from Biblical times to present.

    Like

    • uju January 17, 2015 / 6:13 pm

      Most peaceful? I’ll be damned 😮
      Say, how long do you think it’ll take to completely eliminate violence….or maybe reduce it to a 2% rate of occurrence?

      Like

      • N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ January 17, 2015 / 6:42 pm

        I don’t know, my friend. I think there will always be violence in the human race as long as there is the propensity for psychopathic behavior, which is in about 2% of the human population. Boko Haram is a psychopath, and psychopaths are good at recruiting/profiling followers. Some people are born with this neurological disorder of psychopathy and some become psychopaths after they are born, also depending on gene expression / environment, especially vulnerable when they are children.

        In Dr. James Fallon’s video and Psychology Today article, both titled “The Mind of a Dictator”, he points out the general characteristics of dictators/psychopaths — “extremely self-absorbed, masterful liars, compassionless, often sadistic, and possess a boundless appetite for power.” It’s important to point out that due to their brain disorder, they are not capable of empathy or social/moral reasoning.

        Dr. Fallon goes on to state: “Just behind the eyebrows and deep to the neocortex in the temporal and frontal lobes, is the extended amygdala. It is a key node in the brain circuit that mediates “animal instincts” and it contributes to making 2 percent of the world’s population psychopaths–and a few of the most versatile and talented of these become dictators.

        In the brain’s lower frontal lobe–the orbital cortex, ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and anterior cingulate cortex–we find the circuit that is likely to be damaged in the psychopathic dictator, where aggressive impulses originating in the amygdala are inhibited and moral and ethical choices considered through interactions with the orbital and ventromedial cortex. People with low activity in this area are particularly predisposed to impulsive or psychopathic behavior. However, when the center of the frontal lobe is malformed or injured, it fails to activate and the amygdala in the temporal lobe takes over and controls behavior.”

        It’s worth noting that a child could go out and fall off a slide on a playground or fall off his/her bike, hitting hit forehead, and the same thing could happen to him/her if his prefrontal cortex is damaged, which is the most common area of the head that is injured. As I mentioned earlier, preventative measures are essential if we want to see further decreases in violence. Unfortunately, because the brain was the last organ to be studied, neuroscience is still in its infancy stage of understanding it, and education/prevention is as well..

        My heart aches for you. I can’t fathom what it must be like for you there. I hope you are safe.

        Liked by 1 person

      • uju January 17, 2015 / 9:20 pm

        Are there perhaps chances of studying the brain of a child to detect these ‘psychopathic anomalies’ before hand?
        It’s such a scary thought that people are actually biologically wired so. A better handle on morality will help, no?
        *sighs*

        Oh Victoria, safety is a road stretching for miles, dividing one region of the country from another.
        Sometimes I sit in a bus park and wonder if someone has planted a bomb around me. Will we survive? Will we be reduced to an unrecognizable burning mass?
        It’s hard to think. The elections will commence next month and it looks like attention has been turned from the security situation, to political lobbying.
        What happens to our girls? I wonder. The world cup, AFCON qualifiers, now the election? It seems they are already forgotten, and the most anyone can do is celebrate 100days of bokoharam victory.

        This is ridiculous, you know. All of it is. Boko haram, ISIS, Al Quaeda, Al Shabab and whatever else is out there. All mindlessly ridiculous.

        Thank you Vic. Your words have been a comfort 🙂

        Liked by 3 people

        • N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ January 17, 2015 / 9:44 pm

          Oh, uju, you will be in my thoughts a lot now. I am most concerned for you. I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know that you were in harms way. 😦 I’m so glad you shared this with us. I have signed several petitions with Change.org over the course of the last several months regarding the horrible human rights violations in your country, including the kidnapping of the girls.

          https://www.change.org/p/over-200-girls-are-missing-in-nigeria-please-help-find-them-bringbackourgirls

          “Are there perhaps chances of studying the brain of a child to detect these ‘psychopathic anomalies’ before hand?”

          Yes, it’s happening now, and there is progress, but unless we aggressively implement preventative measures, progress will be slow. I am hopeful, which is why I am an advocate and spend many hours a week trying to keep up with the research.

          Please feel free to email me anytime you need to vent and/or if you just need a hug. My email addy is located in my gravatar.

          Liked by 1 person

      • uju January 18, 2015 / 6:00 am

        Progress is a comfort in itself.
        Thank you, Victoria. You’ve been so kind…i’ll take you up on that offer
        *lots of love*

        Liked by 1 person

  10. terencetransparent January 17, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    I’ve been so brokenhearted over the brokenness of this world as of late, and am continuing to pray for safety and peace for Nigeria. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • uju January 17, 2015 / 6:11 pm

      Terence, if all the brokenness in the heart of men all over the world could fix the problem, we would be living in the most peaceful era known to man–paradise perhaps.

      I’m so glad our hearts connect–makes dealing with this a lot easier. And thank you for the prayers, Nigeria, France, Pakistan and the rest of the world needs it.
      *hug* ❤

      Liked by 2 people

  11. N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ January 17, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    There is a peace that comes in understanding, in knowledge. Unfortunately, most humans are still stuck in the Iron/Bronze Age when it comes to understanding and addressing the whys of such behaviors, and becoming proactivie implementing preventative measures to curtail dopamine addiction.

    ” Power changes the brain triggering increased testosterone in both men and women. Testosterone and one of its by-products called 3-androstanediol, are addictive, largely because they increase dopamine in a part of the brain’s reward system called the nucleus accumbens. Cocaine has its effects through this system also, and by hijacking our brain’s reward system, it can give short-term extreme pleasure but leads to long-term addiction, with all that that entails.

    Unfettered power has almost identical effects.

    But too much power – and hence too much dopamine – can disrupt normal cognition and emotion, leading to gross errors of judgment and imperviousness to risk, not to mention huge egocentricity and lack of empathy for others.”

    Dr. Ian Robertson — “The Winner Effect: How Power Changes Your Brain”

    Ujuh, I’m so sorry for what you’re going through. 😦 *hug*

    Liked by 1 person

    • uju January 17, 2015 / 6:08 pm

      “But too much power – and hence too much dopamine – can disrupt normal cognition and emotion, leading to gross errors of judgment and imperviousness to risk, not to mention huge egocentricity and lack of empathy for others.”—-

      This actually makes a lot of sense. People love violence because it makes them feel powerful. When we get that ‘high’ from power, we ultimately want more.
      Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

      Your neuro-science can be a helluva read, but it sure answers the questions.

      Thanks Victoria *hug*

      Like

  12. outlanderspecies January 17, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Maybe we have been wrong that there is an evolutionary tree in the first place.

    Like

    • uju January 17, 2015 / 6:02 pm

      Hah! You sure are the outlander.
      What if all we have are flat lands stretching for miles all through the Earth? What if man and beast are really just the same…with our differences being just what little biological tweak allows for our survival in our habitat?

      Like

      • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 4:53 pm

        By George, I think she’s got it!

        Like

      • uju January 18, 2015 / 5:30 pm

        Lol. God says he’s placed us above the beasts of the field (and air/water too), and a little lower than the angels.
        So we can eat them, are supposed to be more sensible than they are(biological tweak)—and convince ourselves God didn’t just mean these.

        Like

        • N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ January 18, 2015 / 5:35 pm

          Uju, your comment about ants reminded me of this Super Bowl Commercial from a few years back. Hope you can watch it from your country. 😀

          Btw, not sure if you noticed yet, but I have a post still waiting in your queue for moderation.

          Liked by 1 person

          • uju January 18, 2015 / 6:03 pm

            One other thing this country lacks is good network providers. I swear they’re all competing for the worst network award!
            I’ll try watching it at the wee hours of the night, when competing humans have gone to sleep 😀

            Thanks. Found and approved. WordPress makes so many changes even my dashboard gets confusing 😦

            Liked by 1 person

        • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 5:58 pm

          God says he’s placed us above the beasts of the field (and air/water too), and a little lower than the angels.
          So we can eat them

          Does that mean that angels can eat US?!

          Like

          • uju January 18, 2015 / 5:59 pm

            Lol! Angels are ministering spirits. God didn’t tell them to eat us 😀

            Like

            • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 6:07 pm

              Lol! Angels are ministering spirits. God didn’t tell them to eat us

              And you know this for a fact, HOW? How do you know you just weren’t CC’d in on the memo, huh? I’m gonna keep my eyes open for angels in the bushes, just in case —

              Like

              • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 6:33 pm

                BTW – Lucifer was an angel, how did that work out?

                Like

                • uju January 18, 2015 / 6:45 pm

                  Pride. Power. Isn’t that the reason we have so much violence in the world?

                  Liked by 1 person

                • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 7:12 pm

                  Pride. Power. Isn’t that the reason we have so much violence in the world?” – It is, but it also counters what you said about angels. I’m biting my tongue here, to keep my comments on topic, please don’t get me started, you KNOW how I am – like the scorpion said to the swan, “It’s in my nature –“

                  Like

                • uju January 18, 2015 / 7:20 pm

                  Topic for another day then. Maybe another board too.

                  Liked by 1 person

              • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 6:35 pm

                — which makes me think that Angel Food cake, like Soylent Green, is people!

                Like

                • uju January 18, 2015 / 6:45 pm

                  And I have no idea what that is 😀

                  Like

                • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 7:19 pm

                  “Soylent Green” was a 70’s movie (you weren’t born yet), starring Charlton Heston, set in a futuristic time when the entire world was starving. One company came up with a solution, a product, “Soylent Green,” that would feed the entire world’s populace – utopia at last.

                  Throughout the movie, our hero, suspicious, follows up on the product and finally sneaks into the factory and learns just what it’s made of. As they kill him, he screams out to the world, “Soylent Green is PEOPLE!”

                  Like

                • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 7:37 pm

                  The setting is certainly not so far in the future as it was then.

                  Like

                • uju January 18, 2015 / 7:22 pm

                  Wow. How horrific. Glad I wasn’t born then (you just had to point that out huh)

                  Like

                • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 7:55 pm

                  Glad I wasn’t born then (you just had to point that out huh)” – Hey, a fine fox like you has absolutely NOTHING to worry about from everyone knowing you’re young and beautiful. You will come to treasure these days.

                  Liked by 1 person

              • uju January 18, 2015 / 6:42 pm

                Because the bible said so.

                You should. I hear the li’l ones can be real naughty.

                Like

                • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 7:06 pm

                  Because the bible said so.” – And so as not to interrupt the solemn tenor of this post, we won’t get into how I feel about that —

                  You’re welcome.

                  Like

                • uju January 18, 2015 / 7:11 pm

                  Lol. Thank you all the same

                  Liked by 1 person

      • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 6:02 pm

        LOVE it, Neuro! NOW I know what’s been happening to all of my beer! At least that’s my story from now on, and I’m sticking to it —

        Like

  13. makagutu January 17, 2015 / 11:34 am

    Any explanation other than that man has gone far up the evolutionary ladder and the only place left to go is down.

    Maybe we have been wrong to think that man has been at the apex of the evolutionary tree.

    Like

    • uju January 17, 2015 / 5:54 pm

      Hmmm that’s something to chew on. Maybe the whole idea of being on top is simply man’s way of making himself feel better, more powerful and less insignificant. Grandiosity sure is our bane.

      Btw this made me smile. Brought back memories of an episode of Monster vs Aliens. What if the Squirrels are really at the top? 😀

      Thanks Mak *kisses*

      Like

      • makagutu January 17, 2015 / 6:00 pm

        Hugs dear.
        Am glad it made you smile.
        Man says he is at the top, man believes it is true. I think ants are at the top

        Liked by 1 person

      • uju January 17, 2015 / 6:03 pm

        The Ants will be glad to have you on their side should this become a debate 😀

        Like

      • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 4:51 pm

        I think ants are at the top” – Ants likely think that too, they don’t even acknowledge we exist.

        Liked by 2 people

      • makagutu January 18, 2015 / 4:58 pm

        maybe, I will be the lucky one to have ants on my side 😛

        Like

      • uju January 18, 2015 / 5:24 pm

        Arch, have you been an Ant in a past life? 😀

        But you are right. Darn buggers show up when they want to, go where they want, and won’t even acknowledge we HUMANS pay the darn rent. Pretty debasing being snubbed by such a tiny creature 😦

        Like

        • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 5:55 pm

          Arch, have you been an Ant in a past life? 😀” – No, but I’ve been an Uncle, does that count?

          Liked by 1 person

          • uju January 18, 2015 / 5:58 pm

            Nope doesn’t count. Ant or nothing.

            Like

Your turn...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s