Monthly Archives: June 2013



There is no doubt that the human species has changed our planet quite significantly. Are we a force for evolution, like the oxygen-producing bacteria of billions of years ago, the ones that poisoned the world for the creatures then extant, and made it habitable for new creatures, like us? It would be exciting if this were the case.

I read somewhere that the average human being already contains about three pounds of plastic in her body cells. Are we gradually going to become capable of living in outer space or on other planets? With new technologies, as well as the natural selection that living in our polluted world engenders, maybe we are evolving into some sort of starchildren.

And yet, and yet…. Every atom in our bodies was made inside a star. We are already starchildren. The inanimate has already learned how to become intelligent; it has already become self-aware by developing biological processes of which we are a flower or fruit. What I think is happening now is a sort of devolution as we slowly relinquish our biological being, with all its attendant messiness and unpredictable creativity, and slip into a terrible eternity of machine existence.

Patience of the Animals


On a train travelling through the English countryside, the train window framing the scenery.  Here is a sky full of bands of dark rain-laden clouds, here a spring green field, and here a horse in a bright blue blanket.  The gorse is blooming, and there are many animals: huge numbers of sheep, as though we were shaving the trees from the hills and turning them into sheep, herds of cattle, horses, a few geese.  At the edge of the frame two deer bound.  I am struck by the patience of the animals.  We made a pact with them, which we break when we abuse them, when we refuse to give them a proper life before we use them.  Our part of the bargain was to treat them with kindness, shield them from pain and fear, keep them safe from wolves and starvation, providing a good and painless death whereupon they would become part of the human substance.  How we have betrayed these creatures!