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San Juan Mountains: Grenadier Range

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Three Things I Have Learned From The Animal Kingdom

It seems like I learn something new every day.  I suspect that has a lot to do with the low level of information my knowledge reservoir started with.  I also suspect it has a lot to do with the outlet stream from my knowledge reservoir that seems, despite my best efforts to the contrary, to continually allow knowledge to flow away downstream.  Then, when I least expect it, some of that knowledge comes back through an inlet stream and it seems to me as if it is new.  I have learned many things over and over again.  I guess that is one advantage of getting older.
One thing that I learn a lot from is the animal kingdom.  I observe what goes on in the animal kingdom and things jump out at me as obvious truths that I might not have appreciated in the absence of my experience with the animals.  Allow me to tell you about three things I have just recently learned, or maybe relearned, from animals.
I spent my early years stomping around the Jemez mountains of northern New Mexico.  I did a fair bit of stomping and never once recall ever stepping on a mouse.  That does not meant that I did not step on a mouse at some point or another.  Those little fellas tend to hide in the grass and it is possible I could have crushed one without even knowing it.  But it is not my usual practice to go around stepping on tiny critters so you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that parts of the country where I used to roam freely are now off limits to me.  Here is the story from a local paper published in Los Alamos, a town in the Jemez mountains that is also experiencing a serious drop in the right to move about freely:
"The Santa Fe National Forest today issued a closure order for four areas on the Jemez Ranger District that have been identified as occupied habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. The closure areas are located along the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio Creek in the Jemez Mountains. In October 2014, the Forest constructed temporary fences in marshy areas along the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio Creek to protect the mouse’s habitat. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) listed the mouse as an endangered species in June 2014, and these protections are needed until the Forest Service concludes consultation with the FWS.  The closure order will be in effect until rescinded. All activities are prohibited within the closure area."  And what is the punishment for a transgressor of the rules?  The article continued, "Forest Service personnel will enforce the closure. Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both."
Well there you have it.  Entire sections of mountain land where I previously would go to hike are now closed to humans because some stray human might step on and kill a jumping mouse.  Personally I don't see how that can happen.  If the mouse is able to jump it should be able to jump out of the way of the footfall of a human.  But who am I to question my superiors who work in government?  They always know what is best.  Pity the poor soul that might accidentally step upon a blade of grass within the protected zone.  He does not even have to kill a mouse before being sent up to the big house in Santa Fe to serve six months.  And his wallet will be $5k lighter as well.  I conclude one thing from this experience with the animal kingdom.  The government of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika cares more about jumping mice than it does unborn babies.  Mice live, babies die. Mice are protected by law.  Babies are murdered by law.  No government can last long with an agenda like that.
I was driving down the road the other day when I saw a familiar bumper sticker.   It informed me that "Garbage Kills Bears."  I have seen a fair number of bears in my day.  I have never seen one eating garbage nor have I ever seen a dead one, despite my best efforts at casting hot lead in their general direction on occasion.  But I believe what the bumper sticker was telling me.  That does not mean that I believe bears die of coronary heart disease when they eat discarded quarter pounders with cheese.  Nor do I believe that they die from strange diseases when they end up eating cast off genetically modified foods.  I believe the point of the bumper sticker is that bears which become accustomed to eating in dumps lose the ability to forage for food on their own and become entirely dependent upon their human benefactors.  That inevitably leads to an early demise.
As I pondered the acknowledged fact that bears which become accustomed to hand-outs from humans inevitably lose all initiative to provide for themselves and, thus, ensure themselves a short and miserable future it occurred to me that I had just learned something else from the animal kingdom.  According to the career politicians who rule over me it is true that garbage kills bears because it makes them dependent upon humans.  On the other hand, they tell me, it is false that government distributed welfare destroys human initiative and puts human beings in a state of despondent welfare dependence.  What the career politicians and bureaucrats are telling me is clearly false.  Spend five minutes in an unemployment line or a welfare office and it will become obvious that those who inhabit such places are zombies, just like bears in the dump.  What I conclude from my experience with bears is that animals tell me the truth but career politicians are pathological liars, especially when it comes to justifying welfare programs.
I was taught, during my government school days, that every animal that exists has come into existence through the process of evolution.  The mechamism of evolution, as I was also instructed, consists primarily of environmental change, genetic change and a whole lot of time going by.  As the environment changes and as the creatures that live within that environment experience genetic change it is inevitable that they will evolve to best fit the new conditions.  That concept is known as survival of the fittest and it was presented as a scientific fact as well as a generally good thing to believe in.  The operation of the principle of the survival of the fittest ensures that only those animals that are best adapted to the environment will continue and that, I was informed, was a morally good state of affairs. 
Notwithstanding what I was taught about evolution by means of changes in the gene pool, many people in the Socialist Democracy of Amerika today believe that genetically modified organisms are a terrible blight upon our land. They want the government of the SDA to ban all genetic modification.  They are convinced that genetic modification will eventually destroy us all in some sort of environmental Armageddon.  Many of the same people who believe GMOs are horrific also believe that changes to the environment are horrific as well.  Although they agree with the doctrines of evolution in regards to the necessity of environmental change to bring about progress, they take the contradictory position that environmental change is somehow evil when it impacts them.  Following their logical contradiction they proceed to make impassioned pleas to their career politicians, begging them to enact new laws that will save the environment from human impact.  Certainly they must be aware that if the government were capable of doing so it would bring evolution to a quick halt. 
Most of the folks who believe that genetic and environmental change are evil also believe in evolution. Believers in evolution staunchly profess their belief that man is simply the current pinnacle of the animal kingdom and will inevitably be replaced by something else as the process of evolution, including genetic and environmental change, marches inexorably onward.  Yet when those same people who profess faith in evolution see the mechanisms of evolution working in our world today they call upon their government to spend trillions of taxpayer dollars to stop them.  The human animal, as evolutionists refer to themselves, profess to believe in the rightness and moral propriety of evolution until their ox is being gored and then all bets are off.  My observations of the human animal lead me to believe that he is desperately evil in all of his thoughts and behaviors and will do anything to suppress the truth about the world found in the Bible.  The best way for the human animal to suppress the truths about the world discovered in the Bible is to worship the government and its career politicians.  As proof for my believe consider what a strange contradiction is presented by human animals who profess to believe in evolution, until they don't. 

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