Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Great Mystery is just that

It's June.

Light life and more light and more life. Little makes sense, but in June the abundance pushes aside the questions.

I have tooth marks in my thumb from a fluke. A snake no longer than a ruler tried to strike me a few hours later. A lone bat heralded dusk.

School winds down in June.

Next year I plan to start with Darwin's idea of descent with modification. He did not invent evolution. He did, however, figure out that the raw beauty of life's symphony here can be explained without appealing to some central plan that places humans above all else.

It's all there for those who care to look.

If you are going to acknowledge something is unknowable or incomprehensible or too powerful to comprehend, hey, I'm right there with you. Many things will remain unknowable in any scientific sense.

When you try to explain the inexplicable, when you presume to know the "meaning" of existence, though, keep it outside my classroom door. I teach biology, not metaphysics.

I'll be glad to discuss the "unknowable" with you,
ideally by a lake at dusk,
watching bluegill sucking down lightning bugs
enamored by their own reflection.

Just not in class.


Wayne Stratz said...

I agree. where's the lake?

doyle said...

Round Valley Reservoir, in northwestern New Jersey.

Any lake with bluegills below and lightning bugs above should do.

I'll bring the beer. (And I am glad you commented on this--this was one of my favorite posts, and it felt like an orphan without any comments.)

Wayne Stratz said...

On my other blog I once did a post on budgets and living below one's means and did not get a comment for quite a while until a friend who is a financial adviser came along...

you got me interested in that lake meeting.

Wayne Stratz said...

AND... I agree, it was a wonderful post. e-mail me about the Lake thing.