What is Evolution?

“We began as a mineral.
We emerged into plant life, and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we slightly recall being green again.
That’s how a young person turns towards a teacher.
That’s how a baby leans toward the breast, without knowing the secret of its desire, yet turning instinctively.
Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through the migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.”
— The Story of Evolution
Rumi, 13th Century


A Hopeless Zoo

"REMEMBER: Animals are beautiful people." 

These are the first words to greet you upon entering the Kingston Zoo.

 Which begs the question, are beautiful people animals too??? 

It gets better. After feasting one's eyes on birds upon birds: blue bird, red bird, white bird, green bird one is guaranteed to leave the Hope Zoo a VERY bird lover. 

Not to mention the donkeys and ostriches who live together in perfect harmony. What a treat! Perhaps they will mate and bring forth a new breed of donkiches or ostreys. Who knows?!

They would have been better off painting the donkeys black and white and calling them Zonkeys to attract more patrons. 

Better yet, why not get a big green suit and a puss in some boots and put on a Shrek exhibition??? I'm sure the kids would LOVE that! :-D

2 lazy alligators, some snakes, turtles, tortoises, unextincted iguanas and one frisky monkey later you begin wondering: 

"Is this it?" 
"what about the grung and croaking lizards? Is that a ramgoat?" 

Oh no! There's more! 

For an extra $100 you can pet the lions in the petting zoo! Lions you say? Yes. Lions. 

Albeit very dead lions.

Ladies and Genlmen the skins of the former infamous Hope Zoo lions are in the Petting Zoo for your petting pleasure. And their skulls too. What joy! 

Upon exiting the Zoo a friendly parrot tells you Hello. The perfect ironic ending to a perfectly ironic  visit. 

HopeLess Zoo: where the less you hope for, the more you get because people are animals too. 


need to go to the country, round up some farm animals and open a Zoo. 

Nadya Dee

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Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."