David Roland Strong (david306@CLUBHOUSE.EMAIL.NET)
Wed, 13 Sep 1995 06:56:45 CDT

species, cultures within a species, business ventures, or whatever, I
personally think it is important to keep in mind that all we can ever
say is, "so far, so good." I have never seen nor heard an accurate
prediction of what may or may not be surviving a thousand, or a
million, years from now and sincerely believe any such prediction would
be purely speculative. We can say that some things have become
extinct, but like the trees discovered in Australia, we may be wrong in
our diagnosis.
Also, I'd like to say that I enjoy the concept of "random
mutation" as being a contributing factor to development and evolution.
It would bother me to think that anyone might be able to create a list
of "fittest" traits (except, probably, adaptability) for anything.
And I love living in a universe where no one has any idea what might
happen next, or to be more exact (I do not want to be misunderstood
["Oh Lord! Please don't let me be misunderstood!" - an old song the
Animals used to sing]), it is impossible to know everything that is
going to happen in advance. We may be able to plot the path of
ripples on a pond from a pebble dropped into it, but that will always
be a different experience from watching the ripples on a pond after
throwing a pebble into it - I hope!
"What is your original face before your parents were born?"
Time itself may be a purely human construct, so there may be,
"in reality" (where else would it be?), no past or future. The sun is
trying to rise, and I could write for hours, so I'll stop. But I did
feel it necessary to mention random mutation and to remind everyone
reading this that our lifetimes are relatively short and the limits of
our knowledge are very real. Some cultures seem to know that.
David Roland Strong
Austin Texas