Daily Archives: July 29th, 2011

The Dos Amoebas

Another image of such high-quality that it is impossible to believe I made it myself.

When I wrote the above joke last night, I decided it was time to do an amoeba post. I asked myself, “I wonder if I’ve ever writtene about amoebas before?” So I searched my blog. Yep. Damn, I like the way I used to think. It was in a post entitled Impulsively acting on my values. So this may be a bit of a rehash.

What, if anything, separates humans from our friend the humble amoeba?

I like to think it’s the fact that reason, intelligence and self-awareness gives us the opportunity to do something other than that which is biologically instinctual.

Do I push the old lady down in my quest to buy the last Furby?

Do I buy a fake diploma and put it on my resume to get a job?

Do I lie and cheat on my taxes?

Do I dump used motor oil into the soil out back behind my garage?

Do I park in the fire lane because I want a shorter walk to the ATM?

While stopped at a red light do I pull out my ashtray and dump it on the ground?

I submit that people who answer “yes” to questions like the above have the mental equivelance of the amoeba. On this, I reserve the right to be judge, jury and executioner. The verdict? Guilty. The sentence: Denial of mitosis!

Just because you can do a thing doesn’t mean you should.

Some people get that. Sadly, most of us don’t.