- I know that almost everyone has read this quote at some time or other, but it follows me these days (probably because it has been quoted so often during the Bush administration in the United States), and those bunnies at work have me feeling a little mushy and thinking that warmongering is getting old fast. I thought I would rid myself of it by giving it to all of you:
- Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
- Hermann Wilhelm Goering, during the trials at Nuremberg, 18 April 1946
I have a friend who has started considering the aquatic ape theory. If you are unfamiliar with this theory, it postulates that many of our features can only be explained in the light of an aquatic, or more likely semi-aquatic, stage that our ancestors underwent in the past, after we had split from the apes, during the period known as the fossil gap, which was between seven and five million years ago. It is an alternative to the currently accepted 'savannah' or 'mosaic' theories about human evolution. My friend, whom we will call Starcat, apparently became interested after a "freemason dude...casually mentioned it." What is a freemason guy doing going around advertising his freemason-ness and casually commenting to near strangers about his belief in the aquatic ape theory? Despite how bizarre this seems to me, I suppose it is no more bizarre than my ideas on the subject, and Starcat will probably read this and say "what! She is so full of crap to say that I sound ridiculous!" And he's right. I am full of crap. Maybe we really did descend from some kind of fish-monkey, but there are always other theories.
By the way, there are now ten baby bunnies that the mother bunny is allowing to run amok by the back steps at work. They are solid greys, whites, and blacks. It is getting colder out at night, and since they have grown, all ten do not fit back into their underground nest, so a nice lady at work has given them an old sweater to burrow in. We have to move them soon, though, because the humane society has decided that they should all be euthenized despite their good health and inability to annoy anybody where they are right now. It's not like they are going to start living in the walls like rats, chewing on the electrical wiring, and stealing human babies for food. I ask you, what's humane about murdering the innocent?
Today, facts are for pussies.