Upon taking my current job, I moved to Virginia and needed to find a way to express who I am. I have always been an evolution advocate and so I tried many 6-7 letter combinations to represent my passion on a license plate; what resulted was “EVOKAT.” Many have questioned why I did not choose “EVOCAT” but the answer is simple, it was taken!
As I have tooled around the Bible Belt with this pecular spelling and mash of words, the response has been rather intriguing. Some people stop talking to me, pray for my soul, or (even worse) try to convert me once they realize I am pro-evolution. Others think I am a little crazy for even being that bold as to represent such “strong beliefs” around “these” parts. But why is my expression any different than “COLE & DB” or “4MYPOMS”? Is “JSS4EVA” any less bold? (NOTE: I have seen all of these plates in VA and the first one is not about my dog Coal and me! )
At least my “belief” is founded in facts and put to the test by the scientific method. Evolution is the basis of medicine, and people generally welcome medicine into their lives. Evolution is not something to be feared…it is just the way populations of organisms continue to shift and change in response to the world around them. There is nothing sinister about it.
I am always in awe at how uneducated people can be about basic science. I guess that is what drives me to use EVOKAT as a license plate… (sorry, the pun was absolutely necessary!) The United States continues to slide scientifically , we send less students on to college and graduate school than most other countries and only a small fraction of those students are scientists! Without science, the United States will not be able to remain a super power. Defense, medicine, and Green initiatives are all based in science. We must become better educated. That is why EVOKAT exists…