Friday, December 30, 2016

we pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps?

how random is it all?

evolution requires us to consider random change
as the mechanism the universe uses
to move from matter to life,
then from such as algae to such as the human eye,

simplicity somehow builds to complexity,
though in ordinary life complexity can more easily
break down that build up,

time and water similarly build structure,
as rocks follow gravity,
assisted by water doing the same,
and a stream bed, a mountain valley, shapes itself,
an order, a beauty, like that of life,
random change builded by geology and meteorology,

as water flows down slopes
roots hold against the downward pull,
lichen, moss, and liverwort 
paint themselves over rocks in the streams,

there’s volition that resists change,
how easy it is to believe there’s some kind of volition
that works upon the genes
to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps.

by Henry H. Walker

December 28, ‘16

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