FEARSOME TIMES

"What is a man" Hamlet mused, "If his chief good and market of his time, Be but to sleep and feed?" " A beast, no more" was his reply. While the Prince's verdict dovetails with our present bovine liking for maximum consumption, some beasts of the world nevertheless display more savvy than is needed to outwit the mechanics of survival. Corvids, for example, know full well how to deal with what Shakerags called "the shipwreck of time" without resorting to the solace of round the clock diversions and distractions manufactured to make time pass. Beasts with even modest brains seem better able to "meet the time as it seeks us" than our current fears of time are able to muster.

MKS