Sunday, July 26, 2009

Not So Simple

This week's objet d'eBay, a Honu (green sea turtle) father-baby necklace suggests philosophical complications. You certainly wouldn't want the necklace to be made from actual turtle, since it is an endangered species, but at the same time that the turtle was spared while a cow lost its life so that its bone could be sculpted isn't necessarily a guilt-free solution.

Of course, the philosophical complications about this father and child are not that much more detailed than many problems fathers face with their kids. And it is nothing at all — complexity wise — to the ongoing story of whether or not the world's last surviving Galapagos tortoise, Lonesome George, may finally (at around 90 or 100) be getting around to fathering. [Earlier: Fathers Time]

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