Rabitiger                                                                                      Oryctolagus tigris


Carl Linnaeus is inextricably linked to our contemporary understanding of science and the world, as we know it. Or call it, at very least. If his system of naming and classifying organisms never became popular, for all we know, each country would call the same species something different. Maybe countries would join together and create their own universal system for plants and animals, as sort of “Euro.” But who knows, perhaps other countries would continually fight to become part of the exclusive system and end up learning both their own and the desired reference guides. Yet, consider what degree of letting go of ego it would take for those in favor of the nationalist system to adopt something new? We all know how well compatibility between the simple metric system and our dreaded imperial measurement works. Thank goodness, years ago, almost 300 to be more specific, someone, well, many interested parties recognized the significance of Linnaeus’ revolutionary beginning of taxonomy. If not, we might still be fighting over whether the creature above is a rabitiger or a tigerabit or something completely different like a striped mornkerdoo. Luckily, we have Linnaeus to applaud, for this clearly is a rabitiger and we know how to continue in his legacy, classifying new species with a sense of order. And imaginably more important, we carry on knowing our world is not fundamentally confused but speaks the same scientific language. If only matters of peace and justice were as easy to agree upon.

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