Thursday 21 June 2012

We Won't Turn Into Birds

Well, I am another day closer to death! We all are and I suppose that the planet is as well. I spent a part of the day at the Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller Alberta with Maegan and Hurricane and Tornado, and although it is all about death, we had a great time.
It is a really incredible place, and if you ever find yourself in or near Drumheller you should schedule a few hours to learn what it was like when the earth itself was new. Homo sapiens have been around for about 200,000 years, give or take an eon or so. That is nothing compared to the dinosaurs that populated the planet for over 300 million years.
The dinosaurs were the dominant species for about 245 million years until they became extinct about 65 million years ago. Mammals (us) came to fill the void left by the extinction, and although there are remnants still prowling the planet, we can kick their asses. Not in a fair fight, but with traps, knives, guns and our innate ability to know when it is time to run. I am talking about alligators, turtles, pretty much any reptile and there is the speculation that birds are the direct ancestors of dinosaurs.
I can believe it about birds, nasty, superior little things that think they are above us. Well, technically they are above us and around us, sometimes shitting on us. We build them little houses, put out seeds to feed them and even put up elaborate bird baths. Hmmmm, come to think of it, maybe they are the superior beings. Have you ever looked a bird in the eyes? It is like they are trying to talk to you. I think that if they could talk to us they would probably say “Whatever the fuck you do, don’t go the bird route! No fingers or thumbs, and no way to change the channel on the TV”. Maybe that is why they are always sitting on power lines and TV antennas.

You would think that I would feel sorry for them, but I say “Screw them; they had their chance, now it is our turn. It took them 245 million years to go extinct; I’ll bet we can do it in less half a million, and you know we won’t turn into birds either!”

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