Sunday, December 11, 2005

Scribbles: Darwin a BABOON?

This Just In from The 65th Crayon:

The 65th Crayon just returned from a remote part of Africa with what could be considered unsettling news by some.

“I discovered a tribe of cloistered white African men, women, and children who claimed vague relationships to Tarzan, Rudyard Kipling, and Jane Goodall.” The 65th Crayon reported. “They were quite sketchy about the details.They kept repeating reincarnation and Kool-Aid in their strange dialect.”

“I really didn’t know what to think of them,” our waxy friend said. “They were a little creepy. They kept grooming each other like apes. Then they took me into the jungle to see the baboons. That’s when I saw him.”

The him our fearless reporter referred to was a baby baboon the tribe called, “Darwin.”

“The entire tribe immediately fell to their knees,” the 65th said. “I would have too—just from the power of the moment—but I don’t have knees, so I stood.”

“There in front of me surrounded by his elders, who seemed to be listening in rapt attention was a child of a baboon. The tribe of humans was almost praying to him, chanting, ‘Darwin, Darwin,’ and pounding their chest like Tarzan.” I was able to get one picture.”

“The guide with me explained that this tribe believes that the young baboon is the British Naturalist Darwin reincarnated as a baboon. Charles Darwin (1809-18820) the British Narturlist who wrote The Origin of Species, is known as the father of the theory of evolution.” our erudite crayon friend waxed eloquently. "Eventually his study of science led to his views that religion is a tribal survival strategy.”

“Apparently, the tribe believes the young baboon, Darwin is teaching the elders how to take the world back from humans.” our crayon friend said.

"Oh my gosh,” said Charlton Heston's cousin's daughter. "I knew cousin Charlie's story was true.”

“Sometimes I think people watch too many movies,” the wise, young reporter editorialized. “People should color more. It’s better for them.”

“Crayon’s aren’t born. We’re made.” Then he just walked away from this story.

—me strauss Letting me be

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Trée said...

Liz, the beauty and breadth of your imagination astounds me, fascinates me and just plain leaves me breathless with the wonder of your gifts and skills.

"ME" Liz Strauss said...

You're just easily impressed.
Put a little girl with a crayon and strange things happen all the time, silly.

Anonymous said...

I'm probably showing my own ignorance here, but I really wasn't sure what this meant, a statement to some effect? Or maybe no statement at all?

"ME" Liz Strauss said...

Hi Melly,
I was just thinking of the irony. If Darwin came back as a baboon and the Plenet of the Apes really happened. Keep in mind that a crayon writes these reports, so they're never meant to be taken seriously.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, it's me. I'm often accused of not knowing how to take anything at face value and looking for reasons. Plus reading so much lately about creationism, I was sure you were trying to comment on the matter.

So, I'll just have to enjoy the piece as a light hearted irony and that's it. It's hard, but I'll try :)

One last question if I may, is Crayon a human crayon or an ape crayon? ;)

"ME" Liz Strauss said...

Hi Melly,
Your crayon question made me laugh outloud. I think that the crayon hasn't yet decided which side he's on. Which is probably the reason he just walked away from the whole story. I think he thinks the story is stupid. (As do I.)

I think he's a crayon, crayon. The baboons are baboons. And the people have been going to too many movies and ought to get real jobs and quite pretending they knew Tarzan et al.


Anonymous said...

Good Morning Liz,

I still have your coloring books. Do you need me to send them to you?


"ME" Liz Strauss said...

Hi Margaret,
No I think you need to save them until the baboons take over the planet and I go to live with the crayons.