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Bellingham: the little town with the hole in the middle.
What's the point really in Bellingham even having a downtown? Does anyone really need it any more? Sure, it gets used but it's like manned by a skeleton crew all hankering for the good old days. The real businesses seem to inhabit the spokes of the doughnut and continue outward towards the crust. Bellingham has a toy downtown. Instead of vibrancy there is a derelict museum feel to it all. the core is comprised of a patchwork of random interesting quirks with no trace of solidarity. Reminds me like two Buskers showing up by accident for the same pitch. Making a go of it but know that they're not getting rich today.
Would it be missed if someone just leveled it and left it for dead? I'm not a big fan of useless downtowns. I like pedestrian zones full of cafes, shops and strollers. Sadly that's not caught on here in the States. If one is proposed, all anyone ever asks is "But where will we park?" and that kills all prospects of progress on the spot.
Enjoy your malls Bellingham.
What a waste.
You would imagine that the paintings of 20,000 years ago would portray a lot more grewsome detail compared with modern art. After all, we live in civilised times. Don't we? But the nameless artists of the cro magnon blue period painted reasonably tranquil scenes. Whereas relatively modern artists like Goya and Bacon, fairly wallow in blood.
To me this seems to say that the hunters of old must have taken a life of toil and blood in their stride. Life and death. The eternal circle. Hunt, kill, eat, mate, draw a few pictures. life was basic. Dreams were in the future.
Goya started off painting fairly normal pictures till the war came and scared the hell out of him. His paintings changed overnight from everyday subject matter handled in a leasurely manner to sudden nightmarish scenes of screaming debauchery of every imaginable kind.
What does it mean?
I don't think Goya was thinking of the commercial market as he painted his frightful imagery. I think he was exorcising his soul.
War was new to Goya. It's horrors shattered his view of life forever.
So either cro-magnon art man just got on with it or else life was fairly routine back in the day.
Sometimes I see the carefree destruction going on around me and I think maybe I'm imagining it or I'm over reacting. It's not getting better is it? I mean they weren't strip mining mountains a hundred years ago. There weren't oil spills wiping out eco systems. There weren't 7 billion poops needing sorted every day. There weren't so many animals hanging on to existance by a claw. They weren't testing nuclear weapons in the pacific back a century ago. Sprawl wasn't happening in the blink of an eye. I could go on all day. Could you? Or is it just me?
So who is the smartest? What's the standard? Nature doesn't go to extremes without a process. A cheetah is the fastest land animal but it's still just fast enough to catch its dinner. It hasn't this incredible athleticism so that it can catch tortoises. It lives in a niche: preying on creatures that other predators often fail to catch. How fast is it? Just fast enough. And that appears to be natures way. There's a space for everything. A job skill for that one species. How much intelligence is needed and given out? Just enough. In that respect, an ant has just enough brains to perform its job. It is as alive as anything else. We are all just as alive. The Irish Elk had huge antlers. They were obsolete. The Irish Elk died out. The antlers were more than "Just Enough." That line went out of production. Scientists seem to love measuring intelligence in primates. Is that just a commercial thing? Is it easier to get a grant? If I were to stick a chimp in a classroom, I'm almost sure it would cause havoc. Stick a dog in a classroom and I bet it would eventually find a quiet spot and observe. Who's smarter there? Most animals would search for an exit first. A bird would head straight for the window. Perhaps we all share one great intellectual equality. We hate captivity. In our natural habitats we are all equally just smart enough.