By: David Stokes
Wherein nothing relates and everything is connected. Or, how despite the common misconception, driving barefoot is not illegal anywhere in Canada.
Land Hermit Crabs cannot grow their own shells but rely upon marine snails to produce the shells they use to protect themselves. When they grow out of the old shell, or find another they prefer, they will move into a new one. An artist tried to fashion shells for them, but they all stayed in their own shell. “The crabs have essentially culled my designs.”
Edvard Munch subjected his recently finished canvases to what he called the ‘horse cure’, where he would leave them scattered about outside in all weathers to test their resilience, and see if they could survive and how the elements extended or diminished their worthiness as works of art. “From my rotting corpse, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.”
Apes are capable of reading over two hundred lexigrams and an artist translated the ancient Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh into these lexigrams and gave the book to the apes to read. The epic is about two figures, Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Gilgamesh is a king and a god who lives in a palace in the city. He is all-powerful, a dictator, cruel because he knows his cruelty will remain unpunished. Every woman is forced to have sex with him the day that she marries. Enkidu is a wild man who lives on the other side, together with the beasts in the forest, innocent of mankind, knowing nothing of the cultivated land. Gilgamesh sees Enkidu in a dream. (Apes, like all mammals, dream.) Gilgamesh sends a prostitute to the forest to sleep with Enkidu. When he falls for her charms it is his Paradise Lost: gone is his feral innocence, no longer is he able to live free and undomesticated. The artist who translated the book believes that Enkidu is an ape, and the whole legend is an ancient memory that dates back to the time when the genetic lines of man and chimpanzee/bonobo had just separated. The period of active speciation in which fertile hybrids might still be conceived but in which the differences between the (almost) two species were obvious to both. Does literature remember events that happened millions of years ago? (the human line diverged from the great ape 6 million years ago). What were we like before we invented language? There are references to ‘dreamtime’ people in aboriginal cultures, in our own culture to the absence of ‘knowledge of good and evil’ before Eve consumed the proverbial apple. Also references to some African and Indian cultures in which it is said that the older brother and younger brother decided upon different paths long ago when they first became aware that it was possible to control fire. It is said that the older brother elected to remain in the forest, following the old ways and eschewing fire and language. The apes of today are descended from older brother. Younger brother went out from the forest and kept fire with him, becoming the progenitor of all humans today. Could cultural myths such as these hark back to a murky time in our distant past when we possessed human minds but no language.
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Thirst For Something Different (Growers)
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Luxury Condos (King Blue)
Certificate of Excellence (a restaurant)
Fearless Fighter (Puma)
‘Canada’s Largest Sports Collectibles Store’ (Legends of the Game)
Taking History to New Places, (The Pinnacle condo)
My Walls, 1000 Stories, (The Pinnacle condo)
This article was originally published on our old website at https://thenewspaper.ca/the-inside/forgotten-sex/.