Jason's Ramblings: Thumbs up!
[Author's Note: This is my very first story post! If this receives a favorable response I will write more similar to it in the future. Its intention is mainly humorous and some philosophical as well. I could use any and all opinions -- good and bad -- on this. I don't mind if they are a bit harsh, as long as the intentions are good. I just don't want people bashing my silly little theoretical tirades on the account of opposing beliefs. If this is somehow not something to post on these boards I will willingly delete it and rummage through my other stuff. But I mainly am posting this to not only get helpful criticism but perhaps a good intellectual, if somewhat humurous, conversation as well. And one more thing... I mean NO OFFENSE to anyone with this; remember, it is just for laughs! Anyways, on with the show!]
Do you know where your thumbs are?
Think of the largest physical, manmade object imaginable. Is it a skyscraper? Bridge? Is it a manmade island, housing tall skyscrapers and connected to the rest of society by massive bridges? How did those objects come into existence – or more specifically, how were they made? Well, bridges and skyscrapers come from steel, and it takes large machines to put all of that steel together. Those machines – tractors, bulldozers, cranes, etcetera – were all crafted by other smaller machines. Despite from the irony of it all, machines making machines, think of how those machines came into existence. People collected even more steelish materials and put them together by hand. Ah, we have reached a climatic point – the hand. What makes a hand so special, though? Aside from the fact that a hand – and its counterpart, the brain – is responsible for these 60-story tall buildings and 10-mile long bridges, the hand would not be what it is today without its most vital phalange: the thumb.
Often taken for granted, the thumb is a vital body part for our daily lives. I challenge anyone to prove me wrong – go an entire day without once using your thumb, and report to me of your success (or failure). This thumb, only measuring about an inch long, is an indispensable tool we have to live our lives. “How did the thumb come into existence?” one may ask. Discussing that brings up a completely new topic of religious debate, that of which I am, quite honestly, almost not to travel entirely – but that is not to say that I will not travel there at all.
The thumb could not have come into existence simply by random chance. Evolutionists -- and I do not mean disrespect to those of you who are one -- agree that the Universe was created via Big Bang Theory. I know nothing of the insignificant details relating to that argument, but it is supposed that an explosion caused everything to come into being: small reptile-like water creatures evolved into land dwelling apeish creatures, who then, after a long awaited arrival – followed by twelve paining minutes of previews – became the race that we now know as humans. Now I know a lot about random probability, and what I know clearly states “Random factors that are clearly too random to be identified by any human-related source at all are far too random to succumb to acts of simple and quite-random chance” – and, it so happens that, thumbs are an object as simple as can be. Random does not have an independent mind – random just is – but if the force of random were able to speak, it would probably say something like this: “Thumb? What is that? Oh, I don’t know, it’s a funny little bone – a nonconformist if you will – that doesn’t want to fit in with the other four. Yea, let’s include this thumb in the completely random compilation of the, what I shall randomly call, human body.” See? Random is not smart like that, therefore if our fate as human beings was governed by this incredibly random force, we would be missing a thumb and quite possibly our Big Toe – which so happens to be the thing that allows us to walk: another completely non-random addition to our supposedly random existence.
I could go on and on about the marvels of life, but I shall contain myself. Just remember, all of you, that there is always something greater going on. Perhaps the force of randomness was randomly created by humans just so that we may be lazy a little bit longer and pass off the answers of life, the universe, and everything for yet another millennia. On the other hand, maybe random does exist, and we are too foolishly unfoolish enough to assume that random is unfoolishly foolish enough to decide the meaning of our existence. Either way, we’re still going to wake up tomorrow – and for some of you, that may be exactly what you didn’t want to hear.
Very nice Weatherstorm. You are obviously very clear in putting your thoughts across.The writing is fluid and ideas and sentences mix and flow together nicely. And I agree with the suggestion that 'randomness' as an explanation for the way the universe is crafted is pretty...shallow and tends to leave a lot of gaping holes in the explanation itself.
I couldn't have put it better myself. Hits the nail on the head.
"Perhaps the force of randomness was randomly created by humans just so that we may be lazy a little bit longer and pass off the answers of life, the universe, and everything for yet another millennia."
Really hoping to read more of your...enlightening essays.
Last edited by Phantasm; 05-30-2005 at 06:49 PM.
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Woah guy, I'd say you hit what you wanted. It's cool how you took a seemingly simplistic topic core and then made it develop into this. Honestly I wanted to do something like this in the future, but never got around to it. Good job.
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Thank you for the reviews!
I seem to have a fairly random mind, so when I think of something quite 'out there' I usually end up writing several pages about it. I can't wait to post the others, but I'm going to wait several days before that (just so it doesn't look like I'm flooding the boards with my incessant ramblings).
I'd love to hear more comments!