While in Tennessee visiting my granddaughter Teagan and her parents, one day, as I sipped my coffee, I began thinking about the global financial crisis which led me to financiers, stock brokers, and bankers. Suddenly, my mind wandered over to pirates. At that time, my take was that pirates way back when had a code of ethics that prevented them from plundering certain countries-loyal to the crown and all that. Certain ports were protected. The pirate crews, often retreated to their own islands dividing their booty carousing and living the good life until they ran low on rum and other necessities. They, then. took another foray out into the world. Given the romantic notion that we now have of pirates, it is often thought that they did not take more than was necessary to keep themselves and their communities alive and well.
Fast forward to the pirates of today, and it is hard to see where the loyalties of these modern day pirates lie. Basically, it seemed more like a feeding frenzy of sharks who had been given the hapless pirate who “walked the plank”. Needless to say, I thought my early morning musings farfetched and fanciful so I parked them in the dark recesses of my mind doubting that they would see the light of day. And then, today, I read this article from the October 15, 2008 Science Daily which comments on the recent writings of Dr. Peter Hayes, Senior Lecturer on Politics at the University of Sunderland
No longer so far-fetched. But now, my mind wanders to dinosaurs, evolution, and how some species become extinct. And, as I wander I wonder, is it time for these dinosaurs to die? And if they die, what will evolve to take their place?