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THE MISSING LINK

    Once a missing link chose to ignore the scientific evidence.
    The decision was easier than it might seem, since the missing link’s understanding of the scientific evidence was rather limited. There wasn’t a great deal it needed to ignore.
    What it was certain it did understand was that life was good for missing links. They had the run of creation, pure and simple. This one didn’t know of another living thing that had been so blessed. Nor did it see any reason to believe the good fortune of its species in this regard would ever change. 
    How could it? Hadn’t all creatures come into existence in a pecking order of perfection? And if the missing link was more perfect than anything it saw around it, that must indicate the way things were meant to be. To think otherwise was to suppose that the world of the missing link might evolve into something better, and this meant the world was not complete and perfect from Day One, which in turn meant the missing link might not be the best of all possible beings.
    What folly, it snorted to itself. Certain facts of life would always be the same, and the essence of missing linkness was one of them. What upset it most was the tendency among some missing links to ask questions that shouldn’t be asked: misguided efforts to point out certain shortcomings in the species that might prove a problem down the line. But these supposed imperfections must actually be part of some larger grand design, or else they wouldn’t exist in the first place, surely.
    To those who protested that their questions were motivated by a concern for the future of their kind, the missing link would reply with irritation: “Don’t talk to me about life eons from now?  What was good for our ancestors is good enough for us and will be good enough for our descendants to the end of time. Change isn’t our concern. We have only one mission here on earth.” 
    “What is that?” was often the response to these categorical declarations.
    “Making certain that we, the crown of creation, remain just that forever. In short, preserving the genome of the missing link.”