19 September 2009. This weekend we paid homage to Darwin. This was Mrs Monk's idea.
Mrs Monk has evolved in a different avenue of evolution to the rest of us and is at the same time more God fearing than me, but she was nevertheless inspired by talk about the new movie "Creation", a biopic about Darwin which we have not seen, yet.
English Heritage have taken care of Darwin's home in Down, Kent, where Darwin tackled his theory which even today excites the established churchgoer in a secular UK, and also the fundamentalists in the bible belts of the USA..
The Monks speculated about how we arrived on this place on this earth, and the humanity of 2009 Homo Sapiens on the road to Down. A Biker passed us at 100 mph on one wheel on the A13; Mrs Monk caught him on camera. And when we arrived at Darwin's house a Land Rover took the last two parking spaces so we had to park in a field half a mile away.
We conclude from these events that mankind had evolved into a dangerous lunatic selfish species and somehow Darwin was responsible. We negotiated an entrance fee in the gift shop and Mrs Monk asked about Darwin Tee Shirts. When told that there were no such tacky offerings, she offered her best idea for a Darwin Tee Shirt, which should declare, GOD BLESS DARWIN.
Yes they were sniffy about Mrs Monk's money spinning idea, but English Heritage did allow the new movie to be shot on the "Sand Walk" and was also happy to sell fruit off Darwin's Apple tree.
Darwin got his big ideas on a "Sand Walk" from his house and his garden. Darwin saw what we saw today, and as he walked he tackled the concept of evolution that would change the way humanity saw the natural world forever.
Like everyone else Darwin was informed by the church. He was told that what he, and what we surveyed, was there by an act of God, and how persuasive that teaching must have been, when he saw what we saw today on the "Sand Walk". However, Darwin dared to think otherwise.
This new movie is set on a path of confrontation with Fox TV and other right wing American Hostility to Darwin's big idea, "On The Origin Of Species".
Darwin had to tackle the established church in England but also his wife who was a devout Christian and his conscience which was informed by science.
In America science has been conflated with the church in the form of Scientology, but Tom Cruise's Scientology would seem to me more to do with aliens in space and show business, than it is to do with science.
The movie "Creation" struggled to find a distributor in the USA until it did well at the Toronto Film Festival and will be screened this week in the UK and shopping malls in America, where they may expect yet more protest.
It's reported that Darwin's last words were: "get me the bible". This he would have had in common with WC Fields, and maybe they were both looking for loopholes. However Lady Hope who reported witnessing Darwin recanting his life's work, was later accused of not being present at Darwin's deathbed, Amen.
God Bless America. God Bless Darwin.