Ahhh, dinosaurs. Terrible lizards, mighty and marvellous in both form and function. Truly the supreme overlords of the Jurassic.
A stereotypical scenario depicts a family of voracious, razor-toothed bipeds feasting upon a carcass of a gentle giant, probably that of a quadruped — its neck long and protruding, very telling of its herbivorous diet. An uninvited guest, a lowly cockroach, scurries by, sneakily partaking of the blood-soaked banquet, stealing away with a morsel of flesh, minuscule ejecta from a sinister saturnalia.
Then down came a hail of meteors (or an infernal deluge of lava, perhaps?), wiping out the entirety of these archons in an eye-blink, terrestrial and aerial alike! Alas, nature knows no kings.
Amidst the barrage of fire and brimstone on the surface, a congregation of cockroaches takes refuge deep within the hollows of cold earth. Without a doubt, the creatures’ brittle shells would not have stood a chance against the raging hellfire above, but their adaptive minuteness has thankfully become their toolkit for survival — enabling them to squeeze into narrow cracks and crevices, snaking their way to Gaia’s safe rooms. Nature has indeed prepared these humble bugs for the worst.
Why, the cockroach is easily the true paragon of evolution, an enduring symbol of adaptability and mutability! It afforded its kind the needed bent to predate the dinosaurs and, who knows — maybe even outlast the humans. WALL-E can attest to that. 😉
On the other hand, predictability might have brought the poor dinosaurs to their dismal fate. See, nature is a two-faced crone: an “alma mater,” nurturing mother on one side, but also a femme fatale on the other. First she appears to inspire her children, encouraging them to reach the acme of their evolution — only to subdue them with an invincible juggernaut in the end. Quod me nutrit, me destruit!
So if you think you’re more evolved that everyone else, think again. Nature is full of surprises, and long before you know it — she has already prepared an ineluctable snare that will bring about your downfall.
The meek shall inherit the earth.