Wednesday, May 26, 2010
[fully loaded at birth]
This week I had to take care of some business in Yonkers, NY. I have never been to Yonkers and the streets and highways in that area resemble a maze. Naturally, this being the 21st century, the era of the Global Positioning System and Internet mapping software, I typed the address into my iPhone and up came a precise map of how to reach my destination. Off I went. I still got a little lost, although with all the marvels of cutting edge technology, I soon found my way and was on time for my appointment. Until about five years ago, this technology was science fiction.
The interesting thing is, a very similar system has been built into the bodies of many animals. Loggerhead sea turtles apparently use a somewhat similar “high tech system” to migrate 8,000 miles around the Atlantic Ocean. Through an as yet unknown process, the turtles are able to sense changes in the earth’s magnetic field and navigate accordingly.
While man is just now perfected the means to navigate blindly in confusing new neighborhoods, these little turtles have been doing so since time immemorial, endowed by their Creator with a still barely understood GPS and Google Maps of some sort.
How true are the words said three times a day in the next to last blessing in the Amidah prayer: “We thank You for the miracles which are with us each day”.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 12:45 AM