Should we move the second hand on the doomsday clock?
“Wow TW, you don’t think much of humans do you?”
Yep, that was from an e-mail. This person took objection to me comparing humans to cockroaches.
“At least we know some people read my blog and think to send me a note…” 🙂
Let’s try and put this into context for them, shall we?
If you are comparing apples to apples some are tastier, better looking and even more resilient when it comes to resisting bugs than others. Comparing apples to oranges gets a little bit trickier.
When you compare humans to each other some are definitely more stable, intelligent and wiser than others. That does not make them any better necessarily it just makes them different.
The average IQ of the average human is around 100. Anything above 100 is, of course, your thinkers, your higher level strategizers and so forth. Stephen Hawking, rest his soul, was right up there with Einstein which I would guess to be close to 160.
Anything over 160 borders on insanity…fyi…
I personally do not put much stock into the whole IQ thing as it is a way of assigning a number or value to people, putting them into a hole if you will.
In Saga of the Starduster, I talk about humans coming into contact with a race of very intelligent people with high IQ’s. How does that work out for them?
So, compare humans to a race of folks who can build an interstellar craft, alter time, and shift in and out of this reality at will.
Now compare the thinkers and philosophers to people who spend their countries fortunes on building a bigger and more powerful weapon that is capable of blowing up the planet. They starve the very people that they need to work the farms and provide the resources for their pitiful excuse of a government to function. Short-sighted does not even come close to accurately describing them.
Then you have the class of folks who want everything for free until it is their turn to pay for “everything” for others of that ilk, and then they wake up.
I think comparing some individuals to cockroaches might actually do a disservice to the cockroach. Do you realize that if one of these “leaders” actually touches off a nuke and kills us all, the cockroach might very well be the lone survivor? It has evolved into a pretty good machine. Putin was just quoted as telling the UK not to threaten a Nuclear Power. Are we moving the Doomsday clock closer to midnight? Even he knows that those are toys you will never get to play with. If that Geni gets loose again there are too many others with those kinds of toys who would not want to play too.
“The meek shall inherit the earth…Are cockroaches meek?”
Stephen Hawking was a personal hero of mine. I wish I had met him. Not only was he very smart, thought outside the box and did not let others browbeat him but, he was a survivor. Last night when the news broke that he had passed, some person was quick to report that he used to run over the toes of those that he did not like with his wheelchair. Why they felt it necessary to besmirch the character of such a great man minutes after his death boggles my mind. Some people are very small indeed!
Had he run over my toes, I would have been honored just to be that close to him.
As far as science, physics and Quantum physics go, Stephen was a giant!
While I may be in hot water with one of my readers, Stephen called us once an advanced breed of monkeys. Think about that one.
I hope that clears up my comparison. No, I don’t think humans are dullards or cockroaches. I do know that we can be self-serving, lazy, petulant and downright idiotic. We can also be benevolent, brilliant and beautiful, which are you?
By the way, since I have finished the Nudists series for a bit, I am back to work on Gods and Insects. Several more chapters sprang to life from my nimble fingers the other night and I like the way that it is coming along.
Look for more updates soon.
Much Love -TW