SOUTH OF THE RIVER. (19)

Old Geezer 1:  Get that down yer!

Old geezer 2:   Cheers!

Watched  an interesting documentary last night.

Careful!

You know you said we had similar DNA to chimps.

About 98%.

Well, that small difference accounts for our bigger brain, so we are creative and have self- awareness.

Bollocks!

That’s your considered scientific response?

Though we are definitely creative. Auschwitz for example.

Oh God! Where’s this going?

Auschwitz wasn’t big enough… wasn’t  ‘FIT FOR PURPOSE’…. so Auschwitz 2… Birkenau was created… complete with gas chambers…then Auschwitz 3…built by private industry by the way. Enabled them to murder 1.3 million in just 4 years!  As for self-awareness…. we’re the only species that knowingly destroys its natural habitat!  DUH!

You’re getting a reputation…as a misanthrope.

There’s a lot to be  ‘mis’ about!

What about the  ‘good’  guys. Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mandela….Albert Schweitzer?

For every Albert Schweitzer there are 10,000 Pol Pots!

If things are so grim why carry on , why suffer the slings and arrows?

Interest!

Don’t tell me… Interest is the key to life

Interest is the clue

Interest is the drum and fife

And any God will do!

I need a drink…. your round!

 

NOT SO LONG AGO ,IN A GALAXY NOT SO FAR AWAY…….

I.M.P.L.U. ( Inter-galactic Mission for the Preservation of Life in the Universe.)

CHAIR;  The purpose of this meeting is to assess the viability of the sustainability of life on the so-called planet Earth in the so-called Milky Way galaxy. Professor Sagan?

Prof. Sagan;  Life has proliferated on this planet, however, recently this has been threatened by a dysfunctional species…. Homo Sapiens.

CHAIR;  Dysfunctional? Explain Professor.

Prof. Sagan; Study of the Genome of this species has shown that while it has evolved and has advanced its technical ability, certain aspects of its DNA have not mutated in step.

CHAIR;  Can you be more specific Professor?

Prof. Sagan; Its scientific abilities, particularly communication, have developed impressively but the genes determining empathy,  self-awareness and , indeed, self-preservation have , if anything, shown regression.

CHAIR; What have been the consequences for itself and the rest of life on the planet?

Prof.Sagan;  This species regularly inflicts self-harm through intra-species  wars, often as a result of the bizarre conflict over belief in a deity, I know , it sounds ridiculous. It is destroying its own and every other species natural environment, both flora and fauna. 

CHAIR; One of the most extreme situations we have encountered  Professor. What is your teams’ recommendation?

Prof. Sagan; This species will obviously become extinct in time, the question is When? and How? We recommend giving it 1000 orbits of its sun…if  it has not brought about its own demise by then , then we intervene to speed things up.

Doctor Hitch;  I object! In 1000 orbits there may not be any life left to preserve!

CHAIR;I agree.  I suggest we give this Homo Sapiens 100 orbits to bring about its own extinction, at which point we put it out of its ,and everything else’s misery.

Doctor Hitch; We can set up monitoring units on its lunar surface, amongst the debris left when they first polluted their satellite.

CHAIR; This planet shall be referred to as Earth plus Plastic henceforth, until all traces of this delinquent species have disappeared. Thank you all.

(Doctor Hitch leaves muttering  ‘Gods?   Seriously? )