It's a long weekend. Barbecues, picnics, parties, parades, summer's climax. Enjoy.
Time passes. We all change. Even royalty.
A tribute here to a beautiful woman.
Enjoy your weekend.
See you down the trail.
Doesn't it make you consider nature's apparent ambivalence to violence? There is no negative stigma attached to the murder of the queen. We see drama there and have feelings about it, but these "feelings" have no place in nature, at least not in a bee hive.When was it that human consciousness crossed this line -- before which "we" had no emotional or psychological reaction to violence and the death or ostracization of a "fellow" man. And how long after that did we rationalize these "feelings" with a philosophy or code that held that each life was valuable for its own sake -- and is this good? Or was it just a rationalization of emotions? (Surely the intellectual philosophy did not precede the emotional.)The God of the old testament certainly wasn't big on the value of each individual life. He wipes people off the planet regardless of individual culpability in the flood. Or perhaps everyone WAS culpable -- as in Sodom and Gomorrah. But the Israelites go around surprise attacking every other people of the Levant until they control the ground. And in these battles, (not to mention the ones between Israel and Judea later, the men of whole towns were killed willy nilly just because they were there -- the only practical thing to do.The development of conscience in this matter is just fascinating.