ZERO PLUS 1120 DAYS,--New York, NY, Wednesday,
October 6, 2004--Lice,
like Terrorism, are here to stay. In fact, scientists are
giving human body lice some long-deserved credit. Human lice
is helping them pinpoint the time when human beings shifted
from running around naked with clubs banging each other on
the head, to when humans put on clothing and essentially started
their role as "civilized."
might call the evolution of human beings from the apes a deportation
between the "Beast" and the "Civilized,"
or from the "Terrorist" to the "Sentinel."
and humans go way back
is some part of the human brain different from all other creatures
that allows humans to have free will, communicate, create
space ships, bombs, vaccines, gods, towns, religions and a
host of other things our DNA relatives, the chimps and gorillas,
haven't yet mastered.
estimates the evolutionary branch between chimps and humans
split about six million (6,000,000) years ago. In other words,
the process of "becoming human" began then.
of "becoming human" began about six million
took a long time for the first human to speak after that,
but in terms of "civilization" the scientists have
learned some definitive facts recently noted in the New
found the estimated date when human beings started wearing
"clothes." That was some 72,000 years ago.
little tiny fearsome creature helped them pinpoint this time--the
human body louse.
lice and humans go way back. It appears from the research
that the nature of human body lice is distinctly different
from that of our relative primates. The age of human body
lice helps zero in on when humans started to cover their nakedness
and don clothing.
there are some disputes about the exact time. Did body hair
fall from humans 1.8 million years ago or only 500,000? And
what about the gap between body hair and clothes? Were humans
running around naked?
a lot of information one can search and find regarding the
transition of humans from furry beasts, to naked creatures,
to losing body hair and finding clothing a replacement, but
in the evaluation it is clear the body louse shares shares
human evolution into civilization.
have three kinds of lice:
head, pubic and clothing. They are distinct from the primates,
even though the gorilla pubic lice and human pubic lice are
mother picking lice out of her child's head hair
commonly thought of as the result of dirty habits and unwashed
clothing, can occur on the most healthy and clean. Head lice
in schools, despite the cleanliness of a child, is not uncommon.
the less one washes both body and clothes, the more invitation
there is for the lice. Lice are part of human legacy in their
own way, a reminder that our link with the Beast is not that
have only worn clothing for 72,000 years
the five billion years since the first cell of life began
on earth, humans have only worn clothing for 72,000 of those
years. And, we're talking about animal skins for starts. Fashion
walkways haven't arrived.
is compelling about the issue of lice and the study of human
nakedness pre clothing, is the idea of exactly when the Beast
one were to say that the Beast put on Clothes around 72,000
years ago, then one could promote that human Vigilance had
its dawning day around that time.
Pubic louse lays its eggs on the hairs and tends to
remain attached to hairs in the groin and nearby areas
lack of a better evolutionary debarkation, 70,000BC is about
right, according to the body lice.
lice live and feed on people's scalps
scientists today note that a major distinction between the
clothing lice and head lice. Head lice put among clothing
lice migrate back up to the head. They don't want anything
to do with clothing lice. The same holds true with clothing
lice, they migrate down from the head to the clothing. Of
course, pubic lice like where they're at.
the Beast had one kind of lice. Now, the civilized Beast has
lice feed on skin but live only in clothing
point of this all is that human beings plus nature evolve.
The idea that we are moving away from the Beast of Terror
toward Sentinels of Vigilance is reinforced in a small but
significant way by recognizing the telling evolution of body
was only an evolutionary eye blink ago that we put on clothing
to cover our nakedness. Now, we have clothes and three different
kinds of body lice.
isn't coincidental that Terrorism has its three parts: Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency and Vigilance has its counter
elements: Courage, Conviction and Right Actions that benefit
the Children's Children's Children.
evolution from Beast to Civilized to Sentinel of Vigilance
is symbolic of the lice.
are symbiotic creatures who evolve through understanding,
and when we understand that we are from the Beast, we can
better control and manage that Beast with Vigilance.
lice is but a small reminder that only 72,000 years ago we
day, we will evolve above our Fear, Intimidation and Complacency,
but until then, we must be wary.
lice remind us we have work to do
then, we must be Sentinels of Vigilance, and look to the lice
to remind us that we haven't come so far so fast without paying
a dear price. That price today is Complacency.
lice remind us we have work to do.
can start today by taking the Pledge of Vigilance today.