Ruled the Earth
by Nick Allen
An ancient landscape circa 65 million
Rex: So how many O Levels did your little
the heck are you on about? Whats an O
There isnt any such thing is there?
Weve been around for 165 million years and
what have we got to show for it bugger all!
No art, no technology, no great buildings to be
dont know what youre worrying about
we rule the earth!
Im not really sure we so much
rule it as, well, inhabit it. I mean,
are you really master of all you survey? I know
you eat lots of grass, but Im not convinced
look at how big we are!
Rex: Yes, but
what about our brains? They're as small as...
here we go, we havent invented any kind of
measurements so I cant say.
small as a small rock?
Rex: Not the
finest simile Ive ever heard, Bronte.
Doesnt that tell you something?
Rex: Not just
you, but all of us! Im no expert, but
Id say that any half-decent phylum would
manage to produce a radio signal within 5 million
years of evolving.
Whats a radio signal?
Rex: No idea
weve never invented one have we?
Bronte: And a
not dissimilar to the periodic table. In-as-much
as its something else we never ever thought
are you suggesting?
Rex: Well why
dont we, as a species, get our act together
and try evolving a bit.
mean the opposable thumb thing again? Is that
what this has all been about, you and your bloody
opposable thumb obsession?
Rex: Okay, I
know I go on about it, but Im sure
its a good idea. If wed ever come up
with the concept of a Patent Office,
Id be down there like a shot!
Rex: Look, all
Im asking is we try. We could be great one
day with philosophers and teachers and academics
showing us the way to a better world.
know, I think you have something Rex. Lets
become better, lets build a society to be
proud of, lets strive to be great! You know
I think we should start by giving names to things.
Rex, youre smart what would you call
that huge mass of fire streaking across the sky?
Rex: Ha ha, I
like games like this. How about we call it either
a Meteorite or a Fluffy
Ball. You choose.
options Rex, let me think...