Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hitched to Everything In the Universe


~John Muir

Of Note: Researchers used ultrasound to monitor five sets of twins who ranged in age from 14 to 18 weeks of gestation and found that even young fetal twins responded to and recognized the other in the womb. It was obvious to the viewers that when one twin reached for the other twin, it was with delicate and slow movement, especially around the eyes, as opposed to the thrashing given the uterine wall. One of the awestruck scientists suggested that "in some very primitive form, it appears that the fetus by the second trimester already has a sense of 'self' that is different from 'other.' " These blind touching movements were the first instance of fetal 'sociality' ever recorded. If the phenomenon was studied with twins after birth, the scientists might find not only an extraordinary physical connectivity which began in the womb environment but a mental telepathic connection as well that was established at the earliest moments. From the macrocosmic standpoint, it could be like getting two units where one was originally envisioned. Kind of like a universal twofer. Leave it to the universe to come up with such a grand scheme.

Today's Weather Report: It is a balmy 23 degrees Fahrenheit, and we had a light dusting of snow Christmas Eve but not since. Scrabble was the game of choice the last two days, and I always get beat miserably by my kids. My problem is a lack of a competitive spirit and a desire to help the other players in need. Like saying "Oh, that's an OK word" when it isn't really. My daughter and son-in-law are cut-throat players and really racked up the points. My son-in-law felt so badly for me a couple of times that he put down words so I would have a better chance of scoring more points the next time. I chuckled to myself and thought this is how the world will be in the future. People putting down their competitive guard and helping everyone out. After all, in a sense it is like helping our self since we are all one. Just ask the twins who know it on an intimate and personal level.