Monday, February 10, 2020

Monday February 10, 2010

New Yorkers will excuse me for missing my barred owls, ruffed grouse, and snowshoe rabbits, my grosbeaks and deer. I love what you love too. In the city and in the country there is a simple, underlying basis to life which we forget almost daily: that life is good. We forget because losing it or wife, children, health, friends is so awfully painful, and because life is hard, but we know from our own experience as well as our expectations that it can and ought to be good, and is even meant to be good.

(Edward Hoagland, b. 1932)

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The laws of biology are the fundamental lessons of history....

... We are subject to the processes and trials of evolution, to the struggle for existence and the survival of the fittest to survive. If some of us seem to escape the strife or the trials it is because our group protects us, but that group itself must meet the tests of survival.
"The lessons of History"  ~ Durant, Will & Ariel

The first biological lesson of history is that life is competition.

The second biological lesson of history is that life is selection.

The third biological lesson of history is that life must breed.

Nature has no use for organisms, variations, or groups that cannot reproduce abundantly. She has a passion for quantity as prerequisite to the selection of quality; she likes large litters and relishes the struggle that picks the surviving few;