Junior Ganymede
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Regret de Escalier

September 11th, 2017 by G.

It was one of those long traveling conversations that started with ‘what brings you to X?’ and ended up mostly on the biological roots of human nature.  The sexes, and status climbing, and chimp tribalism.  He was really interested in it.  Then I mentioned where I’d gone to school and that I’d been a missionary and he laughed and said he’d been a missionary too.  Then he looked at me narrowly and said he didn’t meet many LDS who believed in evolution.  I shrugged.  But from things he’d said, a prior reference to Jerry Coyne and other details, especially to the way he talked about evolution, I suddenly wondered if he had lost his faith.  The thought was a bit of shock to me, frankly, and my conversation stuttered out.

The thought crossed  my mind “tell him that Jerry Coyne is also a chimp,” but I hesitated, and then the routines of travel split us up.

I wish I had told him, “Jerry Coyne is also a chimp.”

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September 11th, 2017 06:34:25

C.S. Lewis
September 11, 2017

Even a traitor may mend. I have known one that did.

Wm Jas
September 14, 2017

Fortunately you didn’t. Only WASPs and Republicans may safely be referred to as “chimps.”

Major General George E. Pickett
September 17, 2017

Sirs, perhaps there are those among you who believe you are descended from a ape. I suppose there may even be those among you who believe that I am descended from a ape. But I challenge the man to step forward who believes that General Robert E. Lee is descended from a ape.

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