If our species could be found only
in that part of land which comprises the State of Kentucky, and had we been
here for many, many generations, I suspect we would have accomplished
those physical adaptations that allow for hibernation. I would at
the moment be in some underground boudoir sleeping through
wintertime. I would have no winter wardrobe, no heating bills, no
jolly holiday season. None of those addendums of cold that sometimes
can appear as farce.
species is ubiquitous. We dominate both hemispheres up to and
including equatorial regions. Which would mean that just at that
moment when my clan mastered hibernation, Southerners would impinge upon
our territory and in Spring when we woke up we would be surrounded by
alert foreigners poking fun at us.
So I suspect it is the fault of a species
specific xenophobia in us that has all along prevented people from developing those
physical attributes necessary for hibernation. Ancestors always nudged their drowsy children at the first signs of winter
sleepiness. Youth was encouraged to stay up until well
after midnight even on school nights. And insomnia was
highly regarded in matters of choosing mates.
"He's a keeper. He hasn't slept for
days!" And everyone would get over-excited at the prospect
One day we may well cruise the Milky Way
looking for food stamps, but I suspect if that is indeed our object, an
ability to hibernate would get us there sooner.