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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

monkeys vs. humans

Monkeys are trained to play chess. I think humans should be trained to throw poop at one another. Humans have the ability to think. So do animals. Humans believe themselves to be the most intelligent species because of their ability to think. This arrogance leads to narcissistic tendancies. According to humans, monkeys are a less intelligent species, thus they should mimic human behaviour. Yet monkeys too have the ability to think. The monkey lives according to their basic needs to survive. The human has surpassed this basic need and has so much free time to concentrate on the pursuit of pleasure and happiness. Technology has given us time. But what I ask is, ultimately what for? We can paint pictures, play chess games, watch movies, drink expensive wine, fly to Tahiti and all of it is exceptionally beautiful to our senses. But what is the ultimate purpose of more time? They are one of the oldest ancestors of this earth. Humans have technology, but the old generation of humans, seniors over the age of 60 generally don’t use much of technology. They have the most life experience. Compare a human senior to a monkey. Both species longevity of time being spent on this planet makes me question how superior human beings really are to monkeys. If a species who has been around for eons longer than a human has not come up with google and the blue-ray hi-def television does that make them smarter or dumber.
How has technology actually increased our survival? Our life span has certainly increased. The average human being has a life expectancy of 70. Compare that to just 100 years ago of life expetency rates of 40. Technology does include mass production, higher production rates of medicine, food, usage of natural resources and real estate. In terms of longevity, yes technology has helped us survive longer. Our quality of life, according to the human’s definition of life: career, family, accomodation, food, purpose, has grown in variety and possibility. We still are born not knowing why we are alive, and we still die not knowing why we as a human race are alive. This ingrained human fact has been true from the cavemen to us.
The monkeys die sooner. But they think too. Maybe instead of teaching them to play chess we should be asking them, “what is the meaning of life?”. You think about that.

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