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Vedder Tuesday ⅩⅩⅩⅣ

I once asked my good friend Martin Pribble (@MartinPribble), a rock climber and a fellow atheist, the following question through his blog:

"I assume you’ve seen interesting strata up-close in your climbing.  Have they ever generated an insight about evolution?  Other more emotional reactions, such as enormous respect for, or humility in the face of, the age and history of the planet?"

While I did not have this song in mind when I asked the question, Eddie Vedder, a surfer and a fellow atheist, wrote a song about his insights about evolution, and his emotional reactions to the age and history of the planet, while surfing.  And while he may have taken liberties with the evolutionary tree for the sake of a rhyme scheme, I still love these lyrics.

I used to be crustacean
In an underwater nation
And I surf in celebration
Of a billion adaptations

Got me a big wave, ride me a big wave, got me a big wave!
Got me a big wave, ride me a big wave, got me a big wave!

I feel the need planted in me
Millions of years ago
Can't you see the ocean's size,
Defining time and tide?
Arising up, arms laid upon me,
Being so kind to let me ride!

I scream in affirmation
Of connecting dislocations
And exceeding limitations
By achieving levitation

Got me a big wave, ride me a big wave, got me a big wave!
Got me a big wave, ride me a big wave, got me a big wave!

I feel the need planted in me
Millions of years ago
Can't you see the ocean's size,
Defining time and tide?
Arising up, arms laid upon me,
Being so kind to let me ride!

Got me a ride!
I've got me a ride!

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