One Monday morning Alexis Tanner, a
56-year-old bank cashier who during his childhood had achieved certain
celebrity as the main character of a tooth-paste TV commercial, parked
his 1980 Toyota on a street along Saint Joseph's University. He
swapped its console with his handkerchief and turned the radio on and
off, checking its volume. Once satisfied he stepped over the snow,
locked his car and walked up to a corner, where he patiently awaited
for his buyer.
He licked a drop of coffee from his mouth, a
remain of a hasty breakfast, put his
sunglasses on and glanced at his watch. It was ten twenty-five. He
looked around, searching for a bench where he could sit down.
There was none.
"Ain't gonna be warmer!" he uttered covering his
ears with his mittens.
Tanner had stayed at the mechanic's shop until three
am, while his car was being repaired. Once at home he was unable to
fall sleep in his bed. His mind was haunted by the outcome of his
financial situation. Once again he was at the verge of bankruptcy. Once
again he was about to face the stern eyes of his creditors. His salary
as a bank cashier was just not good enough to cover the increasing
quotas of his mortgage, not to mention his utilities and his wife's
“If I were able to get five thousand dollars from
those wealthy Arabs!” he thought. Every morning, on his way to work, he
had driven by the International School for Foreigners at
Saint Joseph’s University. It was there, on a rainy morning, that he
had the opportunity to pick up a hitchhiking young Arab student, who
minutes later told him, in a broken English, that he knew someone, a
friend, interested to buy a car.
Alex had got up from his bed without a minute of
sleep. No sooner had he left his home than he felt his heart leaping at
the proximity of his appointment. In spite of his lavish life style,
his means were not superior to those of a middle-class clerk. His
bank was about to reposses his house, and albeit his wife’s collection
of fur coats, his
sport car and some memorabilia appear to be his only assets. Seven
ago he had paid seven
thousand dollars for a Toyota Supra 1980. With an aerodynamic design,
electric windows, leather cushions and a 2.8-liter inline
6-valve-cylinder motor, Alex’ Sport car proved to be a lemon five
months after its purchase, when it broke down on New
York's 5th Avenue
“Swine!” he muttered casting a glance on his Toyota,
“Now it will be my turn to let you down!”.
“This car won’t go far,” his mechanic had told him
the week before, after Tanner had paid two hundreds dollars for a
used-carburettor he got in a derelict junk-yard . “The best you can
do is to fix it and sell it.”
“Unless I decide to change the motor and the rear
axles,” Tanner proudly replied.
“A new car won’t be a bad idea neither," the
mechanic smirked at him.
“Do it then,” Tanner sighed.
“You may try to sell it to a foreigner,” the
mechanic replied in a consolatory voice,“ there is a Chinese proverb
that says that
only a fool would be unable to take advantage of a foreigner. And let
me tell you, you can see them here all around the place”.
"Aren't you a foreigner?," Tanner snarled at him.
"Well, I'm English. You know what sort of chaps I'm
talking about, don't you?"
That day, Tanner decided to let his wife know of how
grave their financial situation was. For years he had never spoken to
her about money matters. He had never been asked neither, but now, he
felt, it was the moment to try her matrimonial vow, that that said that
neither he, nor she will separate from each other in happiness or
When Tanner arrived home his wife embraced him. “A
very unusual type of reception,” he thought. He procastinated his
then, and made love to her.
“The mechanic called you, Honey,” she said from the
bathroom, “He said he has found a solution to your problem. I
couldn't talk to him for long . My sister was on
the other line.
What problem do you have, Honey?”
Tanner decided to postpone their crucial
conversation then, in the hope that everything will be sorted out soon.
“Oh! It's nothing,” he exclaimed, “I’m just planning
to buy a new car, a Mazda, or perhaps a Porsche. That depends of the
credit I get".
“You are the best man in the world!,” his wife said.
One week later he paid five hundred dollars to his
mechanic, a sum which, he was made to believe, was going to be
recouped and multiplied with the sale of his car.
“The motor runs silently, the speed is fine and the
brakes are new. It will run properly for two weeks or three.
“We‘ll see,“ the mechanic grinned, “I cannot
guarantee you. The best you can do it is to sell it as soon as you can."
Tanner’s apprehension faded off as he saw his
customer appearing around the corner. He studied him: a young thin man
wearing an Armani green leather jacket and a red scarf.
"Well," Tanner said stretching a pair of leather
gloves in his hands, "Are you Arab, then?"
"I‘m from Lebanon" His customer replied in a nervous
tone, "¿have you been there?”.
Tanner realized that his conversation about
Middle-East geography and culture was over.
“Not yet... Are you interested to buy this car,
"Yes," the young man stuttered, "Ali told me it was
“Ali! What a nice body! You can call me Lex, kid.”
“Sure, Lex,“ the young man replied. “Likewise I’ll
be grateful if you call me Rick.”
“Your English is not bad,” Tanner smiled in a
patronising way, “you just have to improve your accent.”
“That’s why I came here”.
Tanner had understood by then that his customer was
not going to be the easy prey he had awaited for the several past
“Ten thousand dollars for my car!,” he grinned
shaking his head. “A real bargain, isn't it? A 1990 Celica Supra
Toyota! A collectors trophy! You have a good taste, kid!
“Rick”, the young man corrected him.
“I’m sorry Rick”.
“That’s all right”.
Tanner sensed he had broken the ice with his apology.
“I like your Armani jacket by the way."
"Thanks," replied the young man.
“I’m thinking to get one like that,” Tanner added
miss an opportunity to show off.
“You won’t be able to afford it,” Rick snarled at
“Excuse me?, ” Tanner replied out of guard.
"I like your car,” Rick said in an imperative voice.
“But I find it rather dear".
"Dear?" Tanner gasped. "Are you kidding me?"
"I went yesterday to Ardmore, where I saw a customer
buy a car very much like this for nine thousand dollars."
Tanner felt that his heart had stopped for a few
seconds. ¿Could he be more fortunate than that? Two months ago,
moment of despair, he had almost decided to haul his car to the junk
"Last night you agreed to buy this car for ten
thousand dollars" he said in an effort to look impatient.
“We didn’t agree about the price,” Rick muttered. “I
recognize, though, that you discussed it with Ali”.
Tanner realised that this was his opportunity to
"There is no need for us to argue, Rick" Tanner
added, "How much is your budget?"
“Nine thousand,” Rick replied in a boastful tone.
Tanner congratulated himself. He had
undoubtedly a fine understanding of psychology. “Can you pay for it?"
was the sentence that had stirred Rick’s shame, indignation and pride,
all at once.
“Can I drive it?,” added Rick shivering.
“I’m so silly!” Tanner chuckled. “It’s freezing out
here, and your jacket is so thin! Let’s go inside.”
Tanner led his customer along the street. After
taking the gloves off from his hands with the help of his perfectly
teeth, he took out a key holder from his pocket. A silver-color key
shone in his fingers before he inserted it, with artistic dexterity, in
the driver’s door‘s keyhole. Two seconds passed before the muscles of
“Are you all right?,” Rick asked peeping over his
“I’m perfectly fine!,” Tanner gasped as his
movements became more and more frenetic. “It’s just the car door, which
is a little bit frozen!”
Tanner stirred the key once and once again, until it
broke in the keyhole.
“You, fucking bitch!,” he screamed.
Victim of his own despair he kicked the car with one
of his metalic boots.
The door slid and fell ungraciously onto the street.
Tanner smiled nervously at his customer, who in
return looked at him, not as an American citizen, not even as a human
being, but as a mere curiosity.
“So... so... sorry...” stuttered Rick before turning
back on him and walking away, along the street.
Most of them fail to
realise, however, that science is but an attempt to establish a
concrete interpretation of reality, in the same way that religion is,
from its very onset, an attempt to establish
interpretation of reality.
Our journalists oppose science to religion, under
the assumption that the former is the bearer of happiness and
certainty, and the later of guilt and credulity.
Whereas The Bible abounds in
narrations, scientific treatises aspire to mathematical precision.
Their common purpose, nonetheless, is knowledge. The Vatican, as
Edward Gibbon remarks in one of the last pages of his work, might be
mostly remembered in the centuries to come as the main sponsor of the
poets, scientists, artists and philosophers that undermined the
foundations of the Church by making of renaissance Italy the cradle of
God himself appears to be, according to The book of
Genesis, a consummated evolutionist. The first versicles of The Bible,
that many biologists quote sarcastically by heart, constitute the most
precise account of evolution written before Darwin's publication of The
Origin of Species. The parallel between the literary account conceived
by an anonymous Jewish amanuensis of Babylon and that postulated,
corroborated and established by modern science, cannot be dismissed as
Centuries before Darwin, Origen and Agustin had
already understood that the oldest narrations of The Bible were myths
on a creation in constant evolution. Not surprisingly, some modern
Christians apologists explain that the seven days of the creation
correspond in reality to seven ages, an affirmation that displeases
fundamentalist believers and anticlerical evolutionists alike. They
might be more willing to accept, however, the existence of six pivotal
days disseminated through a time-span of several billions of years.
Darwin himself did not believe evolution could occur in a single day,
but he was unable to distinguish evolution from adaptation. Pandas are
in danger of extinction at this very moment, and in spite of the
rudimentary thumbs they appeared to have developed in order to adapt to
their harsh environment, none of them has evolved into a rational
being. Two centuries of archaeological research have passed since
Darwin published his main opus, and scientists haven't been able to
discover yet what force or phenomena transforms a fish into a reptile,
a reptile into a bird and any of them into a mammal. Their common
presumption is that radiation alters the genes as to produce new better
creatures, but such supposition has been confuted by the human
deformities born after the recent atomic explosions of Hiroshima,
Nagasaki and Chernobyl. Whatever be the force behind evolution, it is
quite evident that it has transformed life in very few occasions. A
chronological description of such evolution is narrated in the first
versicles of The Book of Genesis.
1) The evolution of nothingness into light:
Evolutionists argue that a great explosion expanded matter and energy
through a vast space, a conjecture anticipated by the third versicle of
the Bible: "And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light
(1)." The Book of Genesis goes even further as to include a
description of the geological changes of our planet before the creation
of life: "And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one
place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so."
2) The evolution of earth into vegetable life:
Whereas contemporary accounts of evolution assume that life was born in
the seas, first as unicellular creatures and then as fishes, the Jewish
amanuensis places the origin of life beneath the earth, from where it
sprouted out as vegetation: "‘Let the land produce vegetation:
seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in
it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so." His discourse is
far more consistent than that of our evolutionists, for whereas
vegetables and trees are born and reproduced without external
help-feeding of water and minerals from earth, animals subsist by
grass, fruits and roots.
The intelligence of plants is a mystery that our
scientists discreetly avoid, for, again giving priority to animal life,
they have defined intelligence as a sub-product of an organ that all
plants lack: the brain. In 1909 Maurice Maeterlinck wrote
L'Intelligence des Fleurs,
a rumination on the consciousness of plants.
This passage of The Book of Genesis solves also the
riddle on whether the tree was prior to the seed or vice versa: “The
land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds
and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.”
3) The evolution of water into fishes, reptiles and
birds: In 2001 a team of Chinese and American scientists shook the
prevalent theories of evolution by the discovery of a
130-million-year-old fossil dinosaur covered from head to tail with
downy fluff and primitive feathers. This hybrid creature, not reptile
but bird, not bird but reptile, corroborates one of the most
controversial passages of the book of Genesis: “And God said, ‘Let the
water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth
across the expanse of the sky.’ So God created the great creatures of
the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems,
according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.
And God saw that it was good.”
4) The evolution of earth into mammals: The Book of
Genesis does not state that new species were created from previous
species. They all were created from dust, a term that is frequently
referred in The Bible as the raw material or the source of life. What
distinguishes the Jewish amanuensis of our evolutionists is a
mathematical cipher. Whereas The Book of Genesis announces four
derivatives from earth: vegetation, reptiles (a group that includes
unicellular creatures, crabs, fishes and birds,) mammals and human
beings, our evolutionists reduce -in an effort to diminish the
importance of the force of the phenomenon that designed
life, the mutations from dead matter to organic matter to a
Before Erasmus Darwin wrote the passages on creative
evolutionism that inspired the career of his illustrious grandchild,
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck prescribed that creatures evolve because they
want to, a postulate that pantheists may borrow as a proof of the
ubiquitousness of God. In the 1960s James Lavelock formulated the Gaia
theory, which proposes that our planet functions as a single organism
that maintains conditions necessary for its survival. Lavelock’s
thesis, which had been previously formulated by Gustav Theodor Fechner,
and that Buddhists extend to the universe itself, coincides with the
passages of The Book of Genesis that affirm that mammals evolved from
dust. Earth, as one of the oldest proverbs of humanity says, appears to
be our mother: "‘Let the land produce living creatures according to
their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild
animals, each according to its kind.’ And it was so. God made the wild
animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their
kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to
their kinds. And God saw that it was good.”
5) The evolution of earth into human beings: Several
writers of The Old Testament identify man with God, a theological
statement that eventually condemned Jesus Christ to the cross and that
anticipated the ethics of our secular age. The full articulation of the
God-Man equivalency not only invalidates the hierarchies of the Church
but also those of our political world, for if any man or woman is God,
God cannot discriminate himself from God. The passage of The Book of
Genesis that states the supremacy of men over animals and plants has
been also recently verified by the squander of natural resources in the
hands of our most prosperous societies: “Then God said, ‘Let us
make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish
of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the
earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God
created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said
unto them, ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and
subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the
fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the
earth.’ And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every herb bearing
seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the
which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for
meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air,
and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life,
I have given every green herb for meat.’ and it was so.”
New archaeological discoveries will confirm or deny
the chronological discourse of creation stated in the first myth of The
Bible. It would be an error, however, to reduce a symbolical narration
to the arid discourse of scientific scholarship, for The Book of
Genesis is not only historical but metaphysical and teleological.
7) The evolution from life into eternity: Both
God and man are consummated creators, ultimately rewarded by eternal
peace. “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing;
so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God
blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from
all the work of creating that he had done.”
This passage echoes the final verses of the Poem of
Gilgamesh, in with we read that men must die in order to rest after a
life of toil.
Montenegro, Gervasio, "Nuevos ensayos de
Metafísia" (Puebla, 2004)
(1) Some pious physicians reduce God's creative role to this
day, that's to say, to the creation of a single atom.