Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
This passage from Charles Darwin is featured prominently in the Dawn Of Life Preview Gallery. Elsewhere, I found this elegant phrase by ROM Senior Curator Jean-Bernard Caron:
Anomalocaris and similar hunters would have played a key role in this initial evolutionary arms race, with prey evolving protective structures in response to predatory threats.
It would be fun to circulate these passages to a group of English literature students, and ask them to analyze the writing style and use of metaphor. Some very rich possibilities here – but I digress.
Again, my question is, who AM i, and where do i COME from? I know that I have lots of predatory and defensive resources, but does that define me? I don’t think so. Could it be that these verbs – AM, COME – have a different source? Jus’ thinkin’…