I often make jokes about "The Darwin Award" and I have read much about the man Darwin himself. Historically I think he was most significant and I have marveled at how he had the courage to see the world more as it is and less as religious leaders would like you to believe it is. I have just watched a movie that rounded up what I had read (studied) before but this movie added a new element that I had not thought much about and that element is how tortured he must have been. He was not the only one that believed in evolution but he was the one who documented it. He went against all his prior teachings, popular beliefs and most of all his wife's beliefs. He was married to his first cousin with which he had ten children and they were very much in love and lust. He had to go against her beliefs to publish his work and she had to go against her own beliefs to inable him as he would not do it without her and that proves to me a love story that bears telling. The work nearly killed him. His pain was greatly magnified when his oldest daughter, who was following in his footsteps, passed. He was aware that breeding that close in a family was a double edged sword and could improve the breed or make it worse. When his daughter died I am sure he blamed his union with his wife but their bond was so very strong and they endured. The turmoil had to have been extremely painful.
What brought these thoughts on was a movie called "Creation" that I have just watched. It moved me deeply and yes I cried. I am not only an Old fool but a wimpy oldfool too.
I don't usually do book or movie reports but this one aroused enough emotions inside this old bag of watery guts to cause pain.
There are many that think this subject is just old stuff long settled and forgotten. I think it is not as I believe that there are many that would burn you at the stake, stone you to death or hack off your head for these thoughts if they thought they could get away with it. Many would do that even if they knew they couldn't get away with it. We are far from being civilized.