[TAG] Public Menace or Public Good
jimregan at o2.ie
Thu Jun 9 01:36:51 MSD 2005
Brian Bilbrey wrote:
>I watched them doing this work, and commented on their contravention of
>the positive application of Darwin and Wallace's discoveries to the
>improvement of the human species. When they prevent children that are
>inquisitive enough to crawl through spaces smaller than their skull in
>order to jump in some water and drown, they remove opportunities for
>genetic improvement in the species.
One of the books I'm currently reading is, serendipitously, "The Darwin
Awards III: Survival of the Fittest"
I found myself in agreement with the general sentiment of your mail
until I hit the above paragraph, the word "crawl" in
particular--children still at crawling age are not generally familiar
with the fact that a swimming pool is not a solid surface, hence the
need for fences. You could, of course, argue that these children have no
business near a swimming pool in the first place (and I could possibly
resist the urge to be trite and say "Exactly! Put a fence around it"),
but you'd be surprised how far a toddler can crawl in the blink of an eye.
"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."
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