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I Think There’s a Message Here

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In a hostile world in which saber-toothed mammals roamed free and early man literally fought to eke out a living, how on earth did our species survive?  The Good Book tells us that God gave man the gift of an immortal soul.  The soul is that indefinable and inextinguishable spark of life that transcends death of the body and bears the closest resemblance to our Maker.  The Creator also gave us the most highly evolved brains of any creature on this planet, as well as hands with opposable thumbs.  With these anatomical gifts, we fashioned tools with which to cultivate the earth.  We harnessed fire for warmth and as means of cooking, and for a brief period of time, preserving our hard-won food.  We crafted marvelous inventions that we now take for granted.  The wheel and the lever are two such inventions, and if you think these are nothing compared to the development of something as ingenious as the Internet, take a good look at Stonehenge.


None of us fully understand how these massive blue stones, not native to the Saracen Plain in England, were transported thousands of miles to their final resting place in the English countryside.  But logic informs countless scholars, engineers, and mathematicians that wheels and levers were most certainly involved.  Despite numerous theories and tests of those theories, no one really knows the true purpose of Stonehenge.  It may have been a prehistoric telescope, marking the passage of the sun across the sky, announcing the solstices, and serving as a calendar by which crops were planted, cultivated, and harvested.  Other theories hold that the site has religious meaning; that the stones were erected and positioned precisely either as homage to the Maker or as a place in which religious ceremonies occurred.  Stonehenge has withstood the test of time.  Since it was completed, eons have passed.  Many generations of man have been born and died, and many have come to stand in awe of this proud, enigmatic, upright stone circle.  Consecrated to the promulgation of life and/or the worship of God, that stone monument is thousands of years older than the Information Superhighway.  I think there’s a message here.


Fast-forward now, many millennia, into the 20th century.  Man’s brain and hands had invented machines to carry him quickly and efficiently over the earth and even through the sky.  But, he hadn’t yet learned how to stop waging war upon his fellows.  Before the onset of World War II, Japan sought to emulate the U.S by grabbing a toehold in the Pacific.  We took Hawaii as our 50th State, but blocked Japan from seizing land in the Pacific.  Then we cut off their supply of fuel: oil and gas.  Japan may not have had possessions in the Pacific but they controlled most of Southeast Asia, from which most of our rubber was imported.  When they withheld exports of rubber to the U.S., we made an attempt to produce rubber in South America, but it was not enough for our needs.  Thus did we put our brains and hands to use once more, to create tires and other products from other sources.  Superior to those originating from rubber, we crafted them from coal tar.  We needed those coal tar products, you see, to wage war effectively upon our enemies, including Japan.  I think there’s a message here.


The coal products, however, were not enough to do the deed.  To emerge as victors, we required optical accuracy in our guns, periscopes, and bombsights.  Through trial and error, we experimented with human hair, but it was too coarse a material to achieve the delicacy needed to spot an enemy target with the utmost of precision.  Then we tried spider silk.  Ounce for ounce, it was stronger than steel, yet delicate enough to solve the problem.  Once again, man utilized his ingenuity — this time, to feed his war machine.  I think there’s a message here.


World War II also prompted us to brainstorm, develop, and produce other innovations, including plastics, penicillin, rockets, and the atomic bomb.  Of all of these, only penicillin protected human life.  I think there’s a message here.


After the war, peace reigned for a few years and our thoughts turned to loftier goals.  America sought to expand into the place Captain James Tiberius Kirk would, three centuries later, term “Where no man has gone before.”  The United States became the first nation to put a man on the moon.  We did so in order to achieve even greater things: to explore and utilize the as-yet undiscovered resources in outer space, ideally, for peaceful purposes.  Using our God-given gifts, we devised miniaturize electronic equipment and rockets that sustained multiple orbits around the Earth.


Later, Neil Armstrong’s stars and stripes planted upon a dead moon evolved into a space station that drives an astoundingly complex network of communications. That network is now used to facilitate everything ranging to a small child calling his grandmother 3,000 miles away to simply say, “I love you” to a very effective means of pinpointing and destroying our enemies from the sky.  I think there’s a message here.


In God’s infinite wisdom, He/She has provided us with every resource imaginable to solve a myriad of problems.  I really do think that there is a message here.  I pray that one day we can use our superior intellect to solve the worst of those problems.  If not, we may wind up like the people in this song: 

 

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