Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: History Buffs (Any one in Kansas pls ignore)
We are pretty poorly designed. 75 years is not really a very long time. Our teeth fall out, our eyes grow dim, our ability to fend off infections declines. If we were created in "God's own image", he did a pretty shitty job of creating us in his image. But if one were to look at it from a evolutionary view, we can see that the point of life is not to make life pleasant for the organism, the point of life is to pass on our genes. Death and short life allows our genes to continually test the environment and mutate to better designed genes. Our genes have found a way to live forever by using us as their means of travel. As Bertrand Russel once said, humans are nothing more than "interesting blobs of protoplasm, bobbing about the universe".
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address