Har Gobind Khorana
I may not have followed all of them faithfully but there was no denying I had partaken of their genius at some point in my life. 2011 got them all.
As I read of Hitchens’ passing today, the words of a prophet occurred to me. This prophet left us a decade ago but his prose full of wry wit, humor and genuine insight lives on. He had woven a charming tale around dolphins. Dolphins who were the second most intelligent beings on the planet (the most intelligent being mice). As the destruction of Earth neared, they tried to warn us but we misinterpret these warnings as barrel rolls, elaborate jumps and playful whistles for food.
If the world is ending in 2012, is this the final exodus of the dolphins? Intelligent beings who tried to warn us, educate us and we misinterpret their efforts as mere milestones in their glittering careers?
Will we wake up one day to find a gift-wrapped crystal bowl inscribed with the words “So Long and Thanks For All The Fish”?
I know it sounds silly, but it was just a thought in passing….
End already, wretched year.