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Friday, January 11, 2008

Reading an article on aphorisms. The writer alluded to something something the ancients -- meaning, the Greeks and Romans.

And I thought -- ancient? 2,000 -- 2,500 years ago -- ancient? Humankind has been around in our present form for how many tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of years? I should look it up.

Looked it up. Scientists believe our species has been around in our current form for 200,000 or 250,000 years. So, one percent of that time in the past, and we’re talking about “ancient.”

Some day, hopefully.

Some day, I hope, our species will look back on our epoch, and the present population of today will be much closer in time to the painters of Chauvet Cave from 30,000 years ago than to the present population of the future.

Twenty-five hundred years is a blip. I’m rooting for our species to survive for something more than that.

-- Bison, Chauvet cave, 30,000 years ago.

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