To those inheriting this Home we call Earth, the Ides of March, 2020

The Kirk Unit

I am what is called a Boomer. I am a lady who was born in 1956 when rock n’ roll was starting to really shake up the old way of thinking and doing things that had shaped the generation who fought World War II. Loads of stuff has happened between then and now. I will die soon, in the natural (normal) way of things and before I go I have some things to say to those who will carry the human torch forward, hence my writing on medium.com.

First of all, let me just say I feel the younger generations have got this. They are progressing just fine and will do a much better job stewarding the only home we have in this vast universe compared to most generations living in the last 10,000 years. They are smarter, more strategic, less greedy, and kinder than previous generations. YOU GO!

Today I have a story for you (old people have some value too):

A tale of snow monkeys told cold

There are snow monkeys who live near hot springs in Japan year-round.

If you visit them during the winter, when there is snow on the ground and it is winter-cold, you can see these little gals and guys use the hot springs like a hot tub. They are primates, just like us, and smart, though not engineers. Many animal species are engineers, just not macaques (the scientific name for Japan’s snow monkeys). This primate species can be found in many locations on Earth. Google macaque then select Images at the top of the screen to see the many branches of the macaque family and observe their geographic distribution and living habits. It is fun. Humans are primates, and we share behaviors with macaques so robustly that macaques are proxies for humans in many scientific experiments examining genetics, vision, brain networks, memory, psychology, and social behavior.

Macaques are as strictly hierarchical in their social structure as are humans. Unlike humans, they have a ruling female and her coterie, with other macaques arranged below her. If she is sitting in that hot spring during sub-zero weather and you are a macaque who has displeased her (sometimes to the smallest extent), you don’t get to warm yourself in the hot spring. You might freeze to death. You are suffering due to the extreme cold. The hot-tub soaking Ruling Lady is okay with this.

Sound like human ruling males or females?

If you are fine with that scenario too, you are in gold as that is the way things are conducted among many mammalian group species living on Earth right now — especially humans. If you are more interested in group evolutionary efficacy over time, you might want to examine the outcomes of such behaviors in human primates over the last 10,000 years and decide if corrective actions are necessary.

Post-boomer readers, what do each of you see in the story above? Sure, what do you see Boomer and pre-Boomer readers?

The Jane Goodall Unit
The Alice Walker Unit
The Joy Harjo Unit
The Gloria Anzaldua Unit

Today’s Advice: Enjoy thinking and broadening the amount and type of information housed in your brain. Use it to help respond well to the challenges we face right now, here on Earth, blue among the Stars.

Cheers!

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A Warren Democrat. A scientist. A poet. A mother.

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A Warren Democrat. A scientist. A poet. A mother.

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