And then there’s this aspect of family —
Not as bright and happy as often claimed, perhaps — but just as real. If you remember Biblical history, first thing that happens is that human beings are created. After they disobey, and are exiled from Paradise to the wide, wide world, Adam and Eve proceed to have children (the First Family, literally). And what’s the next thing that happens?
Cain kills his brother Abel, out of jealousy.
That’s always struck me as highly pessimistic — as well as instructive. Therefore the daily newspaper or television broadcast saddens me, but it doesn’t surprise me. Here they are: brothers, at it again, in the Cologne Zoo:
Life isn’t always Babar the Elephant, beloved as those stories are!
(Then again, maybe they’re only playing —- )