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April 1, 2014

MARCUS: If Noah had been a Hoosier

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Now Noah and Debbie were not anti-social, but they were not joiners. They artfully set the price so high and imposed such stringent conditions that others were prevented from getting onboard.

Only the Lilly Endowment, in a burst of environmental consciousness, made funds available for selected animal and plant species to be accepted for the journey. Always thoughtfully selective, the Endowment excluded dinosaurs from their preferred list because they were not mentioned in earlier chapters of the Old Testament.

When the rains came, the General Assembly’s Committee on Catastrophe denied the scientific evidence and adopted a resolution identifying the massive flooding as an “unusually wet spring”. Purdue issued a statement that “it would appear the drought might be over, but farmers and gardeners should not take the present drenching as an indicator of improved future conditions.”

As we now know, Noah, Debbie, their children, plus many varieties of flora and fauna rode out the flood. The ark finally came to rest on the highest point in Indiana in Wayne County, near Richmond. And humanity began once again to begat, to recreate our previous catalogue of vices and virtues.

Mankind does not necessarily learn from its lessons.

Morton J. Marcus is an economist, writer and speaker formerly with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He can be reached at mortonjmarcus@yahoo.com.

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