Monday, November 26, 2012

Tricycles and other means for moving around

Holocene period  6V tricycle
Feber Trimoto Neon
First on all fours then on to rear legs. But running takes practice and child needs usually about a year to find the balance. Some happy early walker gets a tricycle for higher speed, one in front and two back-wheels gives control of direction and balance. Later on human children learn to control vehicles with only two wheels that utilize the gyroscope principle. Many upgrade the vehicles to those with four wheels and some invest on four-wheelers.

God did not create animals that move on wheels but men use wheels quite efficiently, thank you. (Cell motors do have efficient rotating tails, it is true.) In the spiritual world Ezekiel sees in his vision creatures equipped with rotating wheels. For us modern people it is very difficult to visualize his technical description - are the wheels part of the beings or independent of them?

As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.

When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

Ezekiel 1:15-21 NIV
Without legs

Black mamba
Image ©2012 National Geographic
In the Garden of Eden story snake moved on somesort of legs until it was cursed by God and forced to move in dust on itse belly. Pretty fast it goes without legs and they say that black mamba can even reach a galloping horse and rider.

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
    and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
    and you will eat dust
    all the days of your life.

Genesis 3:14 NIV
Evolution biologist do suggest that snakes have somehow lost the legs they once had but that is another story.

Two legs

youTube video shows a truly fast running lady   
If God has created two legs under the middle of the body as to dinosaurs and birds the balance may still be kept and there can be plenty of speed. Dinos lower their heads and raise their tails and off we go trying to outrun them! The rather cumbersome looking ostrich with its large feathers and tall neck is able to run surprisingly fast - 70 km in hour.

Four legs

Four legged pulling two wheelers
Kuva ©2012 Suomen Kuvalehti
Many land animals have got form Creator four legs. They are particularly suitable for moving on dry land and when equipped with nails can be very helpful also in many kinds of tasks in addition to running and climbing. These animals do not have hands free from the task of moving around.

All movers under the power of two-legged ones 
Waters are teeming with living swimmers with all kinds of fins and tails and systems for moving from crabs to medusa and whales. All sorts of legless snakes, worms crawl on land, birds fly in the air on their feathered wings - or run on their two feats fast as a car. Frogs have legs specialized for jumping and some even climb to trees and kangaroos know how to jump too.

The Creation story in Genesis does not count legs but talks about moving in water, on land and in air and about the absolute power given to humans to do what they want with all of them
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
Genesis 1:26 NIV
And so it happened.

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