I can’t say that I am surprised that a species that has a history of tribalism, superstition, and provincialism would so easily fall into hubristic and solipsistic identity politics in the 21st century but it is still the case that I am disappointed that it keeps happening to this degree and on such large scales in the 21st century. Rationality and realism are compartmentalized by humans and only useful at certain times while at other times it seems we wallow in metaphysical pride and fear and can’t imagine what we would do without romanticizing our species beyond the animal kingdom with declarations of divine favor and immortality. It takes cognitive work and energy to not fall into the comfortable patterns of our genetic and historical baggage. Caught between the animal and the higher conscious we escape this awkward tension and position by the magic of language, the fog of ignorance, and the protecting and limiting constructs of ideology. We poke out our eyes with self aggrandizement and blind ourselves to other realities so no other light can enter the darkness of a universe where we are the center. When eating a chicken sandwich by one species of primate somehow equates to part of the ultimate struggle for the God of the Universe it can only strike me as a skewed and limited perspective coming from a creature who believes itself to be the center of the Cosmic drama. Douglas Adams stated, "There are some oddities in the perspective with which we see the world. The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be."