Pol sci: The prophet Micah said,, “Without a vision, the people perish.” That rumbles with thunder from on high.
Dem: Sounds like thunder from a pulpit.
Pol sci: It’s bigger than Martin Luther. Micah claims it’s not just a problem for Lutherans, or in his case, Israelis, it’s a problem for all people. Without a vision, every people, every tribe or nation self-destructs. Suppose that’s true.
Dem: I ordered Zen On A Motorcycle from Amazon last night. That crazy book sold five million copies back in the 70s. I’m a practical Democrat. I have a vision the Dodgers – who came from Brooklyn! – will win the World Series this year. Does that count as a vision?
Pol sci: Counts for half, the half you can count. Like the number of baseball games. Or loaves of bread. Here comes that thunder again – “You can’t live by bread alone.” What are we missing? Of course, we can’t live without bread. Every animal survives on a staff of life. But Darwin, no less, insisted that when human brain size reaches a critical number, it will have evolved a Moral Sense, a neomorph, correlated with brain size,and unique to the hominid. That half of the human story can’t be quantified.
Dem: It’s a qualia! Bingo!
Pol sci: I have to correct an omission. Darwin not only linked the Moral Sense to brain size, but only to animals with social instincts. We lived in goups back to the Eocene, fifty million years ago. Meeting both criteria, we were fated from the get–go. You Democrats register hungry kids, uninsured sick, unemployed workers. You count the loaves and the fishes. By what authority does a mere man, a stutterer, in fact, come down off a mountain and command you to honor your father? Better yet, by whose authority did you choose not to honor him but to spend thirty years at perpetual High Noon?
Dem: Maybe my authority came from Sir John Falstaff. He also asked , “What is honor? Is it in the soldier who got killed last Wednesday?” Falstaff smelled only a rotting corpse. Why did I go to war with my father? That was obviously my decision.
Pol sci: Now you sound like a Tea Bagger.
Dem: On some issues, even the Far Right is not out in left field. I agree. Everyone of us bastards comes with a Moral Sense. I’m with Darwin.
Pol sci: We are bastards. We have split off from nature – half-way. Not trailing clouds of glory, necessarily, but a moral sense, that half of us, has parentage outside of nature. We’re a neomorph, a human animal.
Dem: I remind you Darwin said the Moral Sense evolved through natural selection.
Pol sci: Evolution, like the Lord, works in mysterious ways. I mentioned having an epiphany so powerful it kept me thrashing until the wee hours. It was your scream – Republicans always go with moral issues, Democrats with bread and butter – that hit me like a ton of bricks. It was the mother of all Eurekas.
Dem: Read the Republican platform. Then you tell me whether Republicans don’t plot to make hay with moral issues.
Pol sci: Absolutely. I need plenty of space for my Eureka.
Dem: Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow…