Some say that if humans were the direct result of intelligent design, God certainly could have done a better job of it. As if we needed more evidence of this, here's a Reuters report about a man who doubtless will be a Darwin Award finalist:
KIEV (Reuters) - A man shouting that God would keep him safe was mauled to death by a lioness in Kiev zoo after he crept into the animal's enclosure, a zoo official said on Monday.
"The man shouted 'God will save me, if he exists', lowered himself by a rope into the enclosure, took his shoes off and went up to the lions," the official said.
"A lioness went straight for him, knocked him down and severed his carotid artery."
Happily, there's a silver lining, for the rest of us if not for the unfortunate star of the story: We have the ability to grasp the lessons of episodes like this. We pass along the stories and their lessons to others, not least to our kids. And gradually, painfully — thanks [added 6-6: in part] to the blessings of memory, reason, and skill — progress happens.
Unless you happen to be the one who becomes the lioness's lunch, you have to admit it's a pretty slick system. Maybe that system is what was intelligently designed ....