Oh my God Grandfather! The
last fifty years has completely obliterated this outmoded notion of
evolution. Even your history is bad which I don't fault you for because
African history is sketchy and no one much wrote about it when you were
First where evolution is concerned life was not easy
where food was plentiful. If anything competition was more keen. Other
human populations would have had the same easy access to food and would
have been inclined to extend into your territory to take your resources.
Hot house envionments don't necessarily have big human
populations. In the book "Guns, Germs and Steel" written
thirty years after your death Grandfather, , makes the point that the
innovations upon which population growth are dependent have tended to be
shared by populations in the same latitudes. Wheat will grow well in
Asia or Europe or N America in the same latitude but will not survive a
more southerly latitude as the weather is all wrong. This is true for
domesticated animals as well.
Not so fast. Grandfather. Time and again you refer to
Larry Lapsley as the "negro." I'll forgive you the fact that
this is the preferred word of your time for both well intentioned blacks
and whites but it is such a clinical word. You could simply have said
the "man" instead of the "negro" as you described
Larry Lapsley's exploits. Saying Negro makes him sound like a creature
from an anthropological text.