Kirsten Frost (a male name, s’il vous plaît) captured some really startling — at least to yours truly — images of cheetahs living in a wintry snow-and -ice environment. Those Rogge Cloof cheetahs are now famous. Really… Frost’s a South African nature and wildlife photographer. Something both surreal and prophetic about these images, which suggest that cheetahs, and perhaps animals in general, are more adaptable than we think. I mean, capable of surviving in changed environments — as long, at least, as we humans haven’t messed with them too much.
Yeah, the weird news stay with us sometimes…
Something Stephen Hawking-ish, also, about those images … Something extraordinary — you know it’s different, your attention is jolted and you know you are not superior to them. Hawking passed away in 2018 but not before forecasting cosmic migrations for humans, if we wish to survive, that is.
He was famous for many things, one of which was that he was third from the bottom of his class in his first year at the famous St. Albans School. — The one in Hertsfordshire, not the one in D.C.
Start by failing. Then repeat until you don’t.
No matter. I love that anecdote because it shows that extraordinarily smart and creative people often do not go from success to success. They don’t fit the designs of their ambitious and successful parents. Or of their hardworking single parents struggling to make their way. Often, they emerge in spite of our designs and plans. They assert themselves in ways we could not have anticipated.
Smart people don’t fit in, and they often fail, sometimes catastrophically… Hawking of course went on to Oxford where they didn’t offer a specialty in mathematics so he decided to become a physicist specializing in cosmology. Later, to Cambridge — the rest being not only history, but part of the probable future of mankind — if we don’t manage to eradicate ourselves from the planet before Hawking’s prediction can be fulfilled.