Dillard is talking about evolution and death. How the survival of the planet sort of depends upon death in some way. As she says at another point in her discussion, "Evolution loves death more than it loves you or me." Eventually, all of us will cease to exist. That is a 100% certainty. Yet, ironically, death will go on, claiming species, taking the weak, leaving the strong. That's the way God set up the universe.
So, let me talk about how I would run the universe (or at least my little portion of the universe). First, I would have a tenured teaching position at a university. Most of my days would be spent writing. You see, my first collection of poetry would have won the Pulitzer Prize, which would have immediately catapulted me into a full professorship, do not pass "Go," or associate and assistant professorship.
My second book of poems would also have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, making me the youngest and hottest poet in the country. Harvard and Cambridge and Oxford would have come knocking on my door. But I would have humbly demurred, preferring the rural life of the Upper Peninsula.
I would teach in the fall semester, only classes of hand-picked poetry students who had to submit samples of their writings in order to be selected for a position in my writing workshop. In the winter semester, the university would pay me to simply work on my writing, perhaps giving a few lectures at the United Nations and the Library of Congress.
Speaking of the Library of Congress, I would have already served twice as the Poet Laureate of the United States. I would have been offered the position as a lifetime appointment, but, again, I would have demurred because of my humility.
And, of course, I would have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature last week instead of Bob Dylan. Unlike Dylan, I would have already granted interviews and accepted the Swedish Academy's invitation to attend the Nobel Week festivities in early December.
Wouldn't the universe be a better place with Saint Marty in charge?
|Sorry, Bob, there's a new sheriff in the universe.|