If ever there were a time for a khaki hunting suit from Brooks Brothers, a silver engraved Fratelli Rizzini gun, and an interesting title such as “Colonel” or “Judge”, today would be it. We are going to take the in-park Safari tour of the African wildlife preserve that the Disney company put together with the United States National Forest & Wildlife Agency.
I’m looking forward to the experience because, as many of you know, one of the five focuses of The Kennon & Green Foundation is wildlife preservation and the avoidance of species extension. Mankind has essentially found itself as the dominant life form on a veritable paradise rich in both resources and biodiversity. I consider is profound moral evil to permit the extinction of genetic assets.
Furthermore, it is in our interest to do so. By looking to millions of years of nature at work, we can better understand superior engineering techniques and materials (e.g,. the strength of spider silk), organizational theory (e.g., the starfish versus the spider), adhesive chemicals (flies climbing windows), aerospace technology (flight of various birds), energy efficiency (e.g,. shark’s bodies are covered in dermal denticles called placoid scales that “reduce frictional resistance” allowing swift movement through water with reduced metabolic expenditure), space travel (e.g., bionics professor Ingo Rchenberg discovered the cyclist spider in the Sahara dessert that, when frightened, cartwheels away, doubling its speed; this has been used as a model for the “Saltomobil”, a prototype spacecraft that doesn’t require any wheels or chains to move), and much more.
It’s brutal out here today but being in the shade helps. We’re going to see if we can get into our lunch reservation early to get out the heat.