Date: Tue, 6 Aug 1996 02:01:53 +1200 (NZST)
From: Brian Sandle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: re: The Only Revolution
On Mon, 5 Aug 1996, Chris Whitehouse wrote:
> Brian wrote,
> > We don't find so many dead birds on the road as we did after cars took
> > over from horses.
> References, please.
> weed <email@example.com> <http://www.venus.co.uk/~chrisw>
When I was young it was closer to he days of when horses were used for
getting about. Milk was delivered by horse and cart, and the city council
used horses to pull the road mending carts. I believe that horses were
used until much more recently in Syndey for delivery. When I started
driving it was about 1/2 of the time ago since cars became relatively
common. There were lots of birds getting out of the way of the car and
just missing it often as we drove along. Now that doesn't happen so much.
We still get the occasional dead bird on the road, a sea gull or a swamp
hen, where the swamp is being filled for housing. I thought the birds
remaining were naturally selected to fly faster in the presence of motor
vehicles. But I notice many fewer birds around now you draw my attention
to it. Sparrows are often missing where they were very present, I am sure.
When 25% of the deaths of our young people are due to suicide that is
scary to me from the evolutionary poin of view. Perhaps they have a
nervous system which cannot relate to the pyschotropic drugs about these
days. Then do they have any positive qualities which used the part of the
brain which may be hardened in the people who have the metabolism which
can keep up the drives, relationships and get about after drugs?
And do people who want their friends to share drug experiences have the
judgement to know who may get problems, even if only because of a too
enthusiastic personality and a difficulty obeying instructions. I feel
they will be the `fools' which you don't suffer easily.