11, 2002—Ground Zero Plus
Mankind Is A Million Years Older:
But Is It A Day Wiser?
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, July 11--An ancestor of the human
family was found recently, pushing our birthday as a species back a
million years. But have we gotten wiser? That's
the big question.
French scientists found the ancient
skull (pictured above) in Central Africa. It belonged to an
individual about the size of a chimpanzee. In the July issue of
Nature, the discoverers call the skull "the oldest and most primitive
known member of the hominid" family.
Previously, the oldest fossil remains of a
"human" was found in Kenya two years ago and dated back to six million
years, about a million years older than the recent find.
What scientists find exciting is that the
entire skull was found. The only other complete skull in the hominid
family that exists today is three million years younger.
hunting in Ethiopia
The fossil represents the transition
between ape and man. It has both characteristics, appearing as
a pivot point, a "missing link" between the evolution between beast and
man. Ironically, the common name for the oldest skull is Toumai, a
name often given to children born close to the dry season.
If this is the oldest proof of human
evolution, then Toumai is one of the first Children of Vigilance.
The idea of evolution was to offer human beings "choice," something
animals don't enjoy. Acting out of instincts solely, all other
living creatures do not have command of their destiny. They
can't pose the great Socratic questions: "Who Am I? Why
Theologically, those oppose evolution
between man and beast, claim humans were given the power of choice for
only one reason--to revere God. The single reason for
choice was to provide moral conflict, and when right overcame wrong, good
won over bad, humans thanked the "powers above." Choice
offered an opportunity to believe, and to alter one's destiny, where a
bee, or a bird, or a bug, or a bear, followed the history of instincts,
never questioning, never doubting.
Whichever camp one wants to squat in,
the scientific or the theological, the fact that Toumai exists cannot be
denied. This "First Child of Vigilance" represents the
demarcation line between amorality and morality, hallmarks the cleavage
between "right" and "wrong," and embosses upon us that some force,
evolutionary or theologically, caused us to evolve into beings who could
think, and choose.
I was especially gratified to find
the common name given the skull was that of a child, a symbol of newness,
a harkening of innocence in a garden of conflict. The
animal kingdom is full of Terrorism. It's a bug-eat-bug world out
there for creatures, some lower, some higher on the food chain.
Killing isn't frowned upon by one animal against another. Only
humans consider killing a crime. Few bears have ever
stood trial for murder, and few frogs have ever been indicted for eating a
dragonfly. Nature gives immunity to death and destruction by
But little Toumai--well, he or she is a different
Seven million years ago the break
between the "animal" and the "human" began, according to this find.
That day could be called the "Birth of Vigilance," and the "Death of
Somewhere along the line of human evolution we
chose to separate ourselves from the "animal kingdom." We set up
laws of "civilization," the foremost of these being that we should not
"kill" each other. We were given the gift of the
"reverence of life."
Over the past seven million years we have tried
to reduce the violence between ourselves, and struggled to bring peace and
harmony to our own "jungles." The truly "Evil Ones," such as
Hitler, have been hoisted up the "killing flagpole" as vile and corrupt
machinations of human evolution. We hold war crime trials,
prosecuting those who use unnecessary violence against others.
We form treaties and pacts and alliances with one another to limit or
prohibit our destruction.
Our courts have laws against "violence" of all
kinds and shapes, ranging from assault and battery to sexual molestation
and stalking. We protect the rights of others to not live in
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
But how far have we come?
The Osama bin Laden's of the world still exist.
There are still tens of thousands of nuclear missiles capable of blowing
up the earth. Nations are still developing lethal nuclear
weapons, and wars still rage between the "beasts" and the "civilized."
Little Toumai is more than a skull.
He or she is another signpost of the struggle humans have to put aside
their need to conquer others by force or by threat.
Our world today is being Terrorized.
Every civilized nation marshals its intelligence forces to try and stop
Terrorism from striking the descendents of Toumai, the children, and their
I'd like to think Toumai came at exactly
the right time. His or her presence in the dawn of the 21st
Century, some seven million years after his or her birth and death,
represents the beginning of choice. It tells us that
Terrorism--the way of the animal world--which is filled with Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency, is not a world we want for our children.
Toumai represents the thirst for a world of
Vigilance, one that is distinct from the world of Terrorism.
He or she stands for Vigilance, the ability to must Courage, Conviction
and take the Right Action by choosing those actions that promote peace not
Long ago, the genes of mankind and
womanhood yearned to escape the constant Fear and Intimidation of the
animal world. To break those bonds of the "feral," the
chemistry of evolution kicked in. It bore a child of
Vigilance, who, some seven million years later, has been named Toumai.
Religiously, Toumai may represent the Messiah.
He or she may be the sign many have been waiting for, the rally point for
humans to make the final stand in behalf of their children, and their
children's children to end violence, to quash Terrorism.
But that won't happen until we all link hands and
hold ourselves accountable to Toumai, just as we do our own children, and
their children's children.
Terrorism is nothing more than the dysgenics of
human nature returning back to 7.1 million years ago when we were animals,
without choice, without hope that one day our children wouldn't be eaten
by a tiger, or step on a poisonous snake, or be considered desert for a
Toumai remind us also that to employ our choice
we must recommit ourselves to the reason for evolution. We
must decide as a species to protect ourselves from our "animal natures,"
the kind of natures that make Terrorists fly into buildings, or set off
chemicals in subways, or walk into a crowded market with a bomb strapped
to his or her chest.
This is accomplished not by wishing or hoping,
but by choosing.
Toumai brought us the ability to choose, to think
and then to act in opposition to our instincts.
To salute Toumai, we might all consider the
choice of commitment. That choice includes taking the Pledge
of Vigilance, listed below. If we take the Pledge, and vow to
the protection of our children, and the children's children's children,
then what Toumai started seven million years ago becomes closer, more in
reach, more visible than ever before.
Only when we, the Citizens of Vigilance, stand up
for Toumai's reason for existence will we recognize the power of his or
presence in the 21st Century. We will know, when we take the
Pledge, we are evolving. If we chose to do nothing, to sit back, to
wait for others to act in our behalf, we are only feeding the alligator in
hopes it will eat us last.
Complacency is the great act of Terrorism.
Human genes were Vigilant. They had the Courage, Conviction and took
the Right Action to evolve into Toumai some seven million years ago.
Now, your great, great, great grandson or granddaughter
to the tenth power had come to remind you to stand up for the genes he or
she gave you. Part of his message is: "Become A
Citizen of Vigilance, a Parent of Vigilance, a Loved One of Vigilance.
Fight Terrorism within and without, today, not seven million years from
To July 10--The Price Is Right--For Vigilance!
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