Charley Descoteaux kindly allowed me to post on her blog today to spread a little of my historical musings. You can visit her blog where she’s talking about Bisexuality all week with some great authors and their characters at http://cdescoteauxwrites.com. And here’s my take on what Bisexuality and the Antikythera mechanism have in common:
Items like this mechanism drive home the fact that all our modern gizmos and gadgets are in fact descendants of older machines and older minds. Humans have been solving problems with math and mechanisms for thousands of years.
Similarly, humans have been telling stories for millennia. The basic plot of one person falling in love with another goes back to the roots of human kind.
Because we’re human. Marriage was not always associated with love as that was a socio-political contract in some cases, but love survived and flourished through all the ages of man.
It sits at the center of who we are as human beings. Certainly we are tool makers, mechanism makers, but we’re also emotional, social animals. We didn’t invent love anymore than we invented computers for the first time in the 1950s. Bisexuality didn’t magically appear the year Alfred Kinsey’s research showed that human sexuality was not a binary but a sliding scale. Love has literally existed between beings regardless of gender since the dawn of man. We are wondrous, complex creatures that think and love and have done so since the beginning of our existence on this planet.