Saturday Posts . . .

Last night after my wife went to bed, I began to watch the movie “Gladiator” again. I’ve seen it many times before, but in light of the book I’ve been recently reading, I was impressed by one very simple moment early in the story in a whole new way.

In that scene, the lead character “General Maximus” notices a small bird perched on a branch not far from him just before his final battle as a general of the Roman Army. The bird notices him, also, and they look at each other for several seconds without any comment or action before the bird flies away.

As I watched that scene, several ideas presented themselves to me.

  1. Wild animals do not care about nations, religions, or political ideologies. They go where they will, do what they will, and have survived for aeons despite our best efforts to ruin the planet. No bird has to apply for a visa to enter a new country. No wolf has to explain to a government why it won’t remarry after it’s 1st spouse is killed. No bear ever had to apply for a license to catch fish for it’s cubs.
  2. Modern society almost never thinks about the welfare of any part of nature, and even when it does it either over reacts or discounts it entirely. We should learn to view ourselves as participants in nature, not the masters of it. We cannot survive by destroying the natural resources that provide the elements of survival we require – earth, air, fire, water – and FOOD.
  3. I’m well aware that many liberals would denounce the consumption of meat on numerous different principles – but there are things they have never addressed which are more compelling than all other arguments (imho). The prevailing theories of evolution state that we would have never developed the brain capacity to solve problems at the level we have if we had not begun to eat meat long ago. Will we continue to have such mental capacity if we stop eating meats? Also, our dental development is uniquely suited to both eating meat and vegetables, and finally, NO animal with both a small and large intestine is a vegetarian.

Equality . . .

It seems that everywhere you look these days, there is someone ranting about social equality.  My wife and I recently bought the DVD for the movie Wonder Woman that came out in the last year or so, and in the special features there was a whole segment about all the women, on and off camera, who were involved in the making of the movie.  It seemed that every woman interviewed had something to say about “empowering women in movies”.

Now, I’ve said before that I LOVE that movie, but I don’t love it because it was made by hundreds of women, including the director and the heads of many departments (sets, costumes, make-up, hair dressing, etc.).  I love the movie because it is a great movie about a super heroine I’ve loved my entire life.

So, I want to point out something that should be PAINFULLY obvious, if you think about it.

EQUALITY is a factual IMPOSSIBILITY.  If we had true equality, I’d be able to play basketball as well as Michael Jordan at his best.  I’d have a body that looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the early 1970’s.  I’d have the stamina of the best Iron Man athlete in history, and a mind that would give Einstein, da Vinci, and Hawking a run for their money.  We’d all be the same height, weight, skin color, and GENDER.

It can’t be done.  This world does not work on equality – it works on individuality.  How many different species of domestic cat and dog are there?  How many types of tree, grass, or bird?

Whenever you hear someone ranting about equality – what you are probably hearing is that they do not like themselves.  They do not want to be special, and they do not want YOU to be special either.  Perhaps they are just afraid of you being successful at something they would do if they thought they could succeed.  Whatever their motive, they are trying to hold you down, make you mediocre.

But, I’ll make you a promise.  IF you will take a close look at yourself, what makes you passionate about life, what is different about you than everyone else around you, and you embrace that with everything you can give it, you will find that one thing that is most desired, and most elusive, about the human condition.

Happiness.