It's really about the creativity of nature and something much bigger than
us, anyhow. But it's fun for we humans to think that we were involved in
some important way with the results of this genetic juxtapositioning...
When it comes to breeding
anything, we humans have been very much involved. We carry plants and
animals from their native habitats to mix them with others from locations far
enough away that they never would have interbred on their own. Then we choose
which of the progeny to mix together and continue generation after generation
until we achieve results which only faintly resemble the originals.
Without this, we would
never have managed to progress to the level of civilization we have attained.
Modern corn was once an inch or so in length and sparsely produced. You like to
take an economics-oriented view of things so I ask: If that was the way
things were today, how much would it cost to put food on your family's table?
The dogs and cats we keep as pets were bred from wild animals that would
terrify us if we encountered them in our backyards today. And of course without
the Benedicts, Adens, Smiths, Lachmans, Savorys, Chastains, and so many others,
we would have only a few green species hostas in our gardens, along with the
occasional sport. We'd probably be trying to eat them because of the price of
The focus of the First
Look meeting is squarely on these "deluded" folks and the wonderful things
they've created and shared with the rest of us, often without any financial
compensation whatsoever. In a few weeks the hostas will be up again and we will
be surrounded by the beauty they have given the world. Let's all pause once and
awhile to just say "Thanks".