Just my rambling thoughts about being gay and Mormon

Monday, June 11, 2012

The arrogance of man

I laughed out loud when I read about Cambridge University Press releasing the journal of Dr. George Levick. He was a biologist on Scott's expedition to the South Pole in 1910. On his return to Britain, Dr. Levick attempted to publish a paper entitled "the natural history of the adelie penguin", but according to Douglas Russell, curator of eggs and nests at the Natural History Museum, it was too much for the times.
"He submitted this extraordinary and graphic account of sexual behaviour of the adelie penguins, which the academic world of the post-Edwardian era found a little too difficult to publish," Mr Russell said. "It's just full of accounts of sexual coercion, sexual and physical abuse of chicks, non-procreative sex, and finishes with an account of what he considers homosexual behavior, and it was fascinating."  (source: BBC News)

The shocked polar explorer's associates in Britain determined that the "depraved" sex acts of the penguins was unnatural and so they buried the report for 100 years. How could anything that a creature of nature do be unnatural? How arrogant is man to assume he can judge anything he sees. 

I imagine the same good chuckle will be had 100 years from now when people look back at how they viewed LGBT people today. 

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