Wednesday January 2nd 2013
It can be an error to "cleave." Which in my
mind means to lean toward a particular idea or thing, or attach oneself
to a particular idea or thing. "Cleave" might also mean "be
faithful to." As well it can mean "split" or "tear" or "cut."
I don't like to attach the word "faithful" to "cleave" but I do see in
"cleave" a splitting, or a choice between possible ideas which leads to
a commitment to one or other of the possibilities conceived and yet to
be conceived. So why it is that I "cleave" to the idea of
"Lucy as a nest maker" often confuses me. Why it is that I can
become agitated by contrary opinions to "Lucy as nest maker,"
makes very little sense to me unless I can put this "leaning toward"
into the context of an "I am-ness," and by so doing identify my
location on what is more likely a line, than it is a circle.
Either way, this line or circle exists as a confluence of me and it,
which should make me more concerned to grasp contrary possibilities in
order to improve certainty. But in the matter of "Lucy as nest
maker" I am apparently adamant, in a manner so irrational that were
"Lucy as nest maker" a red hot stove I would grasp her with both hands
and probably end up severely burned.
Lucy has what is called, "a rigid ankle and an arched
non-grasping foot." Such a foot is described as being "functionally
incompatible with tree climbing and thus definitive markers of
terrestriality." I have to think that in this matter, it's the
"thus" and the "definitive" that bugs the hell out of me. Clearly
those who 'cleave' to the structure of a foot as definitive markers of
anything do not get out very much, or watch the television, have never been
to a circus and when they were little probably never climbed a tree or
wondered what it might be like to fly because life for them begun in the
fluff of a kindergarten. Fortunately for me, not all anthropologists
are the same. Nathaniel Domini, clearly a man of genius, investigated
the length of calf muscles in those of our species who spend a good deal of
time climbing trees in search of food sources. He did this
because he'd noticed that one technique for climbing trees of lesser
circumference, requires an ability to embrace the tree with the arms and
hands, place the sole of the foot flat against the trunk of the tree, then
walk up the tree with arms and legs taking their turn to make progress.
It's not something a person can do without a great deal of practice. I
know this because when I was younger I once tried climbing for Jelly Nuts.
But those who do practice long enough to master this tree climbing technique
develop a longer calf muscle, which gives the 'definitive markers of
terrestriality' a much greater ability to bend upward toward the shin.
Nor do I begrudge Domini the expenditure of his universities resources on
extensive world travel when he might just have easily travelled a few
hundred miles south to the West Indies where climbing for Jelly Nuts is the
first ingredient in rum cocktail.