Consider the lilies of the field How they grow They toil not Neither do they spin And yet I say unto you That even Solomon in all his glory Was not arrayed Like one of these Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field Which today is and tomorrow is cast in the oven Shall he not Much more Clothe you?
It's like what happens at the beginning of the story of Pinocchio is that Jepetto Wishes on a star So what Jepetto does is align himself with the metaphorical manifestation of the highest good he can conceptualize He aims At the star For him the star is the possibility that he can take his creation A puppet whose strings are being pulled by unseen forces And have it transform into something that's autonomous and real Well, that's a hell of an ambition You know and we're wise enough to put that into a children's movie, but too foolish to understand what it means It’s such an interesting juxtaposition that we can both know that, and not know it at the same time
[Intro] Therefore take no thought for the morrow For the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof
I spent a long time trying to figure out what that meant too Because it's another one of those lines that can easily be read as Pro-grasshopper and anti-ant Remember the old fable of the grasshopper and the ant? Maybe not I'm not going to tell it, but the ant works The grasshopper fiddles The ant has a pretty good time in the winter, and the grasshopper dies And so this is like a pro-grasshopper line, but it's not It says something else, it says that if you orient yourself properly And then pay attention to what you do every day, that works That works That works That works
I'm quite enamored of lobsters as some of you might know Because I found out This just blew me away when I found it out Just exactly how much continuity there was in the neural chemistry of human beings, and the neural chemistry of animals Absolutely staggering It's the sort of thing that makes the fact of evolution something like self evident Random mutation, natural selection is the only way you can solve the problem of how to deal with an environment that's Complex beyond your ability to comprehend To generate endless variance, because God only knows what the hell's gonna happen next They'll almost all of them die because they're failures and a couple will propagate And you know, the environment keeps moving around like a giant snake You never know what it's gonna do next And so, the best you can do is say, “Well,” “Here's 30 things that might work” and You know 28 of them are gonna perish Anyways, back to the lobsters