While I was shovelng up pineapple, melon and strawbwerries in the cafeteria’s newly-installed fruit bar this morning (and adding some granola and yogurt to the fare), I noticed some packets of honey on the bar’s sides.
I’d never actually been able to find honey in the cafeteria before then, and mentioned it to the checker at the register, who pointed it out to me. It’s normally hidden on the cereal cart in the corner. (Duh. Sadly I’ve been to that cart frequently in search of bran cereals; I managed to overlook the honey, which I like in my tea, every time.)
After finishing my breakfast I began to wonder why the honey wouldn’t be in a more conspicuous location — say, next to the sugar, saccharine and aspartame — and came to the conclusion that it’s either
- Because there’s not enough room for honey in addition to processed sugars and “sweeteners” of dubious safety; or
- Because honey can kill infants.
I’d forgotten, since I’ve never bred a baby, that babies can get botulism if they’re fed honey. And this led me to the inescapable conclusion (actually I reach this conclusion quite a lot via many means) that Intelligent Design is clearly bullshit.
The argument goes a little like this: What kind of Intelligent Designer would create a nature which contains, among many other things, insects that produce delicious, high-energy fluid — and make that same fluid fatal to infants, whose parents would surely love to see their children happily cooing over the wonderful taste of honey?
What sort of sick “fuck you, my creations” bastardry is that?
So it made sense that the hospital might want to tuck honey away; that way people have to ask for it, and hopefully anyone answering would notice if the person had an infant … and remind that person that feeding infants honey is a Very Bad Idea.
Of course that doesn’t explain what kind of diseased, sadistic entity would “design” a world wherein honey is fatal in the first place.
(The thought occurs that some may argue disease came into existence “after the Fall” — so it’s, as usual, all the woman’s fault. Yet more proof that “god” is male, I suppose. Everything was going great until that bitch Pandora — oops, I mean Eve — came along and started her meddling.
(But then, since ID is not supposed to be linked to Biblical Creationism, I suppose no one of any real intelligence would make that argument.
(Further, it could be asserted with much validity that no one with any real intelligence can ever make a pro-ID argument, full stop.)
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