A thought…

Man has grown fond of late of contemplating almost with submerged pride his ancestral descent from what he regards as a savage, carnivorous ape; this his later history would imply a grain, if not several grains, of truth. What is less flattering and less appetizing perhaps is his more genuine resemblance to that group of miniute organisms known as slime molds. They can be seen devouring spoiled bread or moving in unsightly blotches over spoiled oranges – fruit that in distant eye-narrowed perspective might be mistaken for diseased planets – rotten fruit circling in the plague -infected winds of the cosmic orchard.

Loren Eiseley, c. 1970, in The Lost Notebooks of Loren Eiseley, edited by Kenneth Heuer (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1987), p. 200


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