Writing, Human idiocy and Oil Leaks…in other words, a mish mash Val style

In 1816 Mary and Percy Shelly went to Italy to stay with Lord Byron at his villa. At the time, Mary was eighteen years of age and could never have imagined that the story she was about to write, would not only create a new genre of literature, gothic horror, but would also be prophetic. Why do I mention this? Today I read some interesting scientific news regarding artificial life and it immediately made me think of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We are all familiar with the story and to say it is less than epic is to do the story and the authoress a great disservice. Mary Shelley not only wrote a novel, she drew a blueprint with her words, one which would describe an area of science that didn’t even exist in her time. Any writer who is being honest, will tell you, the good stuff, the really fantastic words are otherworldly and don’t come from them. The important works that move, inspire and motivate thought or feeling in a reader, are from somewhere intangible and mystical. Because of this, artists of every stripe are the true prophets on this planet. We don’t have an agenda, we are fluid and open about experiences and don’t shy away from the unexplainable but rather, we embrace it. This is specifically why we are the messengers of so many things that not only benefit humanity but also enlighten it. Mary Shelley knew that the story of the modern Prometheus and Victor Frankenstein didn’t came from her. She dreamed it, wrote it and then delivered a message to her generation, one that was actually meant as a warning to ours. We can’t even control an oil well in the sea off the coast of Louisiana, yet we think we know how to control a life created in a laboratory without the benefit of a human host. If Mary was correct, this should be an interesting and tragic experiment in the reach of humanity exceeding its grasp.

*One last thought. There is a man who is a professional shit disturber. Whenever a whale floats too close to shore, a seal is being hunted or a dolphin or tuna is in a fisherman’s net, Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd are greenpeacing their way through the muddy waters of public relations. He scores more face time in the media than most other activists and yet, during this nightmarish smothering oil leak in Louisiana, I hear one thing from him, SILENCE. Hey Paul Franklin Watson, oil man got your tongue? 😉


Author: valo

I am a poet, writer and activist with a special interest in human rights for children and women as well as the elimination of poverty worldwide. If you read this today, feed someone locally for me will you? Drop off a non perishable food item at the food bank nearest you and consider yourself hugged. Thank you!

10 thoughts on “Writing, Human idiocy and Oil Leaks…in other words, a mish mash Val style”

  1. Damn straight. Can’t argue with that logic at all. We can’t handle oil spills, natural disasters like hurricanes…hell, we can’t even organize a decent health care plan for every person, but we’re responsible enough to create and control artificial life?

    1. I think it’s the same logic that sends rockets into outerspace looking for other planets for us to inhabit so we can save the human race. Oh yeah? Those same people aren’t very interested in saving the human race enough to feed everyone with the money they waste launching one of those fuel sucking monsters into a place that is too immense for our pea brains to comprehend. We do have artificial life already Lisa, they’re called politicians. 😉

    1. I visited it and it was excellent Mark! The illustrations are brilliantly done and of course, it fits with this little bit I wrote. Frankenstein and Prometheus are cool beans and one of my favourite stories, thanks for the link my friend. 🙂 I’ll visit it again.

      1. I love that thing, it is just so much in so little and I like how they make Frankie a little more human in that one. Glad you liked it.

    1. Exactly Gabrielle, this earth will shake us off like a dog shake off fleas and we will be the losers. There is something within the human spirit, a flaw of some sort that pushes us to try to be gods and dictators over this planet.

  2. Couldn’t agree more, Val. Further evidence of the appalling arrogance and blindness of the human race. After centuries of messing with nature we still haven’t realised that she will bite back harder every time.

    1. Thank you Mr. Squires 🙂 It’s true, this worlds is seriously fucked up but it will right itself whether we like it or not and whether Paul Watson likes it or not and whether Haliburton, BP or Exon Mobile like it or not.

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