Do You Remember?

In the space between the quarks; in the time between the heartbeats.
There find the basic eternal nature of our being.

But we tell ourselves repeatedly that we have no time. That the next action must be performed at once, or at least thought about.

For what would happen if we should die with these actions unperformed?

Probably, the nature of our sexual reproduction infuses all our vision with urgency – we need to hurry up and find a mate so that we can throw away half our genetic investment in creating new people. Even before then, we need to hurry up and prep our minds for their task of making a nest for these new humans. We need to be able to perform some actions so much better than others that we will be rewarded and thus have the materials necessary to build a superior nest so that we may give our offspring the best possible start in order that they, too, may outperform others of our species in order to build better nests for their genetic investments….

Last night I had the television on as I was eating supper.
A small pack of wild dogs were prancing around a lone rhinoceros in order to divert its attention from the nearby nest of wild dog pups.

Our neighbours, by the way, appear to be keeping a genuine wild dog as a pet. But I have some loony neighbours including African Christians who can’t sing to save their lives but nevertheless do so once a month in their home-held church service and a piece of white trash from Zimbabwe who lost his sobriety so long ago and so thoroughly that he’s never going to find it again

The dogs were succeeding- the rhino was looking slightly bewildered as the pack yapped and feinted at his heels.
Suddenly, reinforcements arrived in the shape of two more rhino. Instead of driving off the annoying dogs, the three rhino began to run around in a circle, one after the other; the lead rhino was apparently chasing a wild dog, and the third rhino was apparently being chased by a wild dog.

Dogs and rhino continued this ring-o’-rosies for some time, until they broke up the game and each animal wandered off to do whatever it had been doing before the diversion.

Look at us- look at us, we who are God; look upon ourselves at play.

See the rushing, careening traffic on the morning Joburg highway.
Watch us jostle ourselves to get there first– because, if we should fall behind, we might fail to make as much money as we need to build that nest for ourselves and our genetic investment in the future.

It would be enchanting indeed if a handful of cars would start circling on the N1, their drivers playing ring-o’-rosies in the rush hour chaos. How many of ourselves do we kill daily in our play, anyway?

God at play in the fields of matter.

I think-I think-yes I think that could be what we’re doing.

How did we set this all up? I know I was there, but my memory is by no means clear.
I’m working on recalling the rules we formulated when the foundations of this World were laid.

You, too, were there – do you remember?

Were we insane at the time or have we just become insane?
Or – and this for me is the million rand question – is insanity engrained into the fabric of this particular universe and I’m just failing to appreciate its beauty and complexity?

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4 responses to “Do You Remember?

  1. Our species never got over the trauma of having to leave the safety of the rain forest canopy to compete for resources on the wide open savannah. We’re all still running as fast as we can so that we’ll be the first ones to carve up that rhino carcass to feed our kids.

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  2. “In the space between the quarks; in the time between the heartbeats.There find the basic eternal nature of our being”Hon, you didn’t mention quirks, just quarks. One is a male and one is a female, and right now it doesn’t matter which is which, only that we recognize that.”But we tell ourselves repeatedly that we have no time.”I’m not clear what you mean by that, but we are on borrowed time these days.”For what would happen if we should die with these actions unperformed?”You silly girl, do you really think that you can die and get away from the problems on this planet when you are this planet?”Probably, the nature of our sexual reproduction infuses all our vision with urgency – we need to hurry up and find a mate so that we can throw away half our genetic investment in creating new people.”The Christian bible would like for you to believe that. But sex is really about two spiritual beings sexing each other through two human bodies. Not over populating the planet.”Last night I had the television on as I was eating supper.”Why?”How did we set this all up? I know I was there, but my memory is by no means clear.”Stop looking at it like that, evolution does not require a plan in the beginning. We did not set anything up, it just evolved.”I’m working on recalling the rules we formulated when the foundations of this World were laid.”There wasn’t any so stop working on trying to recall them. “You, too, were there – do you remember?”I didn’t, I had to be taken back in time and look at it all to see that there was never any plan, just a birth of some energy with the instructions to survive and reproduce. Everything after that was evolution. “Were we insane at the time or have we just become insane?”Most of the insanities in mankind were introduced by our ancestors when they created omnipotent biblical gods in trying to explain and understand how they got here because they didn’t understand evolution and that we are god, spirit in evolution. I hope that this clears some things up for you.Now I have a question for you. Do you look into your mates eyes during sex and share spirit with him?Not many people on this planet do that.

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  3. Anne: Exactly. I’m not sure that leaving the Eden of the forest was ever a good idea.Billy:I know nothing of quirks-just the flavours and colours of quarks(Up, Down, Top, Bottom, Strange and Charmed in colours red blue and green)-interesting idea.You silly girl, do you really think that you can die and get away from the problems on this planet when you are this planet?I was being facetious Billy.I sometimes doput the Evil Black Box on while I’m eating-at a cost to my digestion.Mostly, Warren and I will watch our local soapie and/or the local news. But it’s far from necessary. Television irritates the shit out of me actually.As for whether we set anything up or it just happened- I’m not convinced as to the latter.That hypothesis is insufficient to hold itself.I could (always!) be wrong, but this is my opinion-We Did It.Love,Terri in Joburg

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  4. “We Did It.”We’ve done lots of things we wasn’t aware of at the time. And we have been fed a lot of nonsense trying to explain it to us. You’ll have to wait for science to explain it but that may take another 500 years.I don’t know about a lot of birds, but parent Sea Gulls mourn when they lose a young one.

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