Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland
'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot
Monday, 14 January 2008
Government announces that all children are to have lower legs amputated ...
... and be fitted with prosthetic blades. Of course this is (for the moment) pure fantasy on my part. However if it is true, as announced by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), that young Mr Oscar Pistorius has secured for himself an unfair advantage over his less 'differently-abled' competition then it seems only logical that the carbon-fibre blades that Mr Pistorius is 'lucky enough' to use become the norm for all athletes. It's quite obvious that this is the next stage of human evolution and that ordinary lower legs, ankles and feet are in evolutionary terms, obsolete. It reminds me of some of the arguments used many years ago when attempts were being made to outlaw the use of tennis racquets which made use of what was at that time an innovative material (i.e. the ubiquitous 'carbon fibre').