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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Planet Is Wonderful, Saps Not So Much

I was reading today about how effective caffeine can be against skin cancer.

The theory goes that in the high altitude locations that coffee commonly grows, the animals that spread the beans in their stools are more vulnerable to damage from UV radiation than in most other places.

So coffee beans strive to reward their hosts with long life and protection against damage to skin cells from cosmic rays. Sort of running a rewards program for animals that consume the beans and spread them farther by proxy.

As I have gotten older I have noticed so much more of this than I did when I was younger. A lot of nature isn't about competition. It's true plenty of animals eat each other and survive by competing for resources. In many stable climes, an amazing syntropy exists throughout the food chain in which nearly everything can benefit from what amounts to a kind of universal altruism.

It is true the human race (speaking of Sapiens) is generally a bunch of bastards of no particular merit whatsoever. Not all hominids are like these mouth breathers, however. There have been far better species than this and they have achieved remarkably similar stability amongst themselves for hundreds of thousands of years at a time. Once Europe was sorted out into respective territories for the different hominid species, there was precious little conflict and usually then only during trespass. There is a dearth of sites that feature real battle royales anything like those in the great sapiens wars and in most cases they are over ridiculously abstract notions like access to blue paint or a particular plateau that must have had great spiritual significance. Nowhere do we ever see the endless, mindless, meaningless warfare that defines Saps. The absence of battlefields strewn with melonhead remains tells us that they too probably were superb at achieving stable, prosperous civilizations that featured long term histories with far less conflict than characterizes "modern man."

The planet is a wonderful place. Really fantastic. Nearly utopian and idyllic in many aspects. Pity about those Saps crapping it up. It's like Mexico. If it weren't for those damned Mexicans, it would really be a fantastic country with all the perks and resources you could dream of. It is Mexicans that make it into a grand guignol of rape, murder and carnage.

Scripture says we should dwell on things that are of good cheer and that demonstrate the glory of God. I would say the entire natural order on this planet, sans mankind, is a source of endless pleasure and delight at what constitutes engineering perfection. There is little to applaud if one regards Nature as an impersonal force. Once you accept it as the ultimate design of a supreme being we cannot possibly hope to comprehend, nearly every thing on Earth testifies to a general order that seems to be the product of a very benevolent creator. If you love mankind as God does, you will have to find something in them that reflects their creator because any good they might have in them almost certainly originated with him first.

9 comments:

Lugh said...

Why do some of us crave carbonated drinks so much? It feels like a cleansing effect.

Lugh said...

Why do some of us crave carbonated drinks so much? It feels like it's having a cleansing effect. Are there any dangers? I'm talking about the carbonation per se, as in water - not the typical soda filled with junk.

Lugh said...

Btw, I realize you're right about the Saps: polling shows that most of them are fine with the NSA monitoring. They are owned. Next will be the chip or brand.

Grognard said...

Urbanization seems to lead to the death of everything good.

styrac said...

Of course it does. Cain was the first city builder. Nimrod followed. The city symbolizes man's rebellion against God and the worship of himself.

lou said...

Lugh: check out this article on carbon dioxide:

http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/genes-carbon-dioxide-adaptation.shtml

"For hundreds or thousands of years, the therapeutic value of carbonated mineral springs has been known. The belief that it was the water's lively gas content that made it therapeutic led Joseph Priestley to investigate ways to make artificially carbonated water, and in the process he discovered oxygen. Carbonated water had its medical vogue in the 19th century, but the modern medical establishment has chosen to define itself in a way that glorifies "dangerous," "powerful" treatments, and ridicules "natural" and mild approaches."

Grognard said...

Those springs are usually rich in lithium which can have a great effect on mood even in small doses, not to mention that typical middle age people had very poor nutrition and were likely deficient in a variety of other minerals. Think of once common stuff like goiters and rickets that would be easily cured by such springs.

Ultimately there's no money in natural cures. Theya re actively trying to remove any non patentable meds with FDA approvable from the list as well. The point is so they can patent it and charge hundreds of times as much. Thyroid medicine, insulin and a hundred others are going the way of the dodo.

Lugh said...

Thanks lou. I always keep some around. I suddenly realized that the cheap brand I use doesn't say anything about it being spring water like Perrier. So it's probably is fluoridated.

I'm going to get my own carbonation machine and start using filtered water with it. I should save a lot of money. The machine will pay for itself in a couple of months.

ray said...

"Scripture says we should dwell on things that are of good cheer and that demonstrate the glory of God. I would say the entire natural order on this planet, sans mankind, is a source of endless pleasure and delight at what constitutes engineering perfection."


even in its fallen and corrupted state, this is true


i often live alone in wilderness, i'm never afraid, even when i walked up on a mountain lion, as i did a couple years back

i just turned around and walked off, so what? .... why would God's critters want to hurt me? they dont, aside from the infernal insects

i get along GREAT with His animals, it's the two-leggers that are the real predators, cheers

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