2002-06-15 / Columnists

The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

I just took a walk on the beach, bayside, and saw lots of mating horseshoe crabs dug deep into the sand. This season we’ve had so many changes in our weather patterns, in the amount of rainfall, and yet nature always knows what to do. There are certain basic patterns in life, and the plants and animals have no problem knowing their priorities. The natural plant and animal species will survive because the participants are part of the balance and cycles of life--unless man interferes with the process.

There’s a lot of structure in nature. Even though every moment is spontaneous, there are patterns that inform us that life is not haphazard. Why don’t people choose to be part of the balance? Why must human beings always have to prove their own superiority over other species and each other? I recently received a poem in the mail in response to a column I wrote, and I thought I’d include it here:

Hominids by Ethel Olicker

By 50,000 years ago or so at Homo Sapiens dawning several models of Hominids already had been spawning.

One, we surely know, who left behind a show of fossilled bones, in earth and stone 50 to 40 thousand years ago Homo Neanderthal left evidence mute of their shape and size, their food, their flowered burial brotherhood.

What qualities enabled Sapiens to flourish while Neaderthals vanished though they overlapped in time and place?

Was it a difference in the convolutions of similarly large brains, in more refined speech capacity, in greater inventiveness?

Or, in a darker vein, was Sapiens better at hate, more intolerant of difference?

Easy to rouse, a trump card, winning death?

Is the impulse to murder so available on biologic call, fantasy–fiction–or fact?

If anyone else has ideas on why human beings choose killing, but not just for the species survival as food, let me know your opinion. Everyday people have the free will to share and to give and to be loving, whether there is a crisis or not. Often people come together for a disaster, but once the disaster is over, life resumes as before. Power and greed seem to be the most prevalent values in our world with so much fear in the minds of people. We fear almost everything from the invisible to the unknown.

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