“Many were increasingly of the opinion that they’d all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans.”--Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
As time advances, so does our ability to look back on it. We watch things change, and we remember how they used to be. Some people are hopeful, looking to the future for wonderful things. And some are sad, and know in their bones that things were better in the past and that they can never get back to it.
Usually, hopeful people like Wade Miller and sad people like Ruben Hopkins can get along together well. Except for when Ruben has a bad day.
Wade reminds him that tomorrow will be better! Tomorrow, the sun will rise again, and all of today’s woes will be gone.
Ruben never listens. He stares out the window of their beachfront apartment and refuses to be comforted. “Evolution was a mistake,” he moans, wishing he could live the uncomplicated life of an ocean creature. Wade smiles, shaking his head. “On days like this,” Ruben continues, “I really wish there was some way for me to get back to the sea.”