Saturday, May 10, 2008

A Little Something

I've been reading Dale McGowan's Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Children Without Religion. Very good reference for agnostic/atheistic parents in a religion permeated society. Anyway, here's a fun poem by Yip Harburg entitled, "We've Come a Long Way, Buddy".

An ape, who from the zoo broke free,
Was cornered in the library
With Darwin tucked beneath one arm,
The Bible 'neath the other.
"I can't make up my mind," said he,
"Just who on earth I seem to be--
Am I my brother's keeper
Or am I my keeper's brother?"

So there's your evening chuckle.


djinn said...

Did you see the study that mice feel empathy? I

We are kind, we are good, not because we believe in some terrifying being who will fricasse us if we misbehave, but because we are human. So sez me.

Lessie said...

Yeah, I've come to a similar conclusion. I think all the discoveries they've made about altruism in the natural world are fascinating.
However, on the flip side, we are obnoxious and cruel for the same reason. But I don't know if they have any mice studies to back that up or not.
Oh, and thanks for stopping by! I enjoy your comments over on fMh. I took a peek at your blog after reading the c-section turned health care post. I love the activism you encourage in your family.