Thought for the Day 8/22/05
Humans are Domesticated Primates.
Think about that.
More: Humans are nothing more than domesticated primates. Deep down, in the hardwiring of our brains, we still have the same instincts and behavior patterns of other primates, and, in fact, of all other mammals. Millions of years of conditioning will not just go away. Human behavior and society makes so much more sense when you remember this. All the awful ways in which humans act are natural parts of primate behavior, but we have forgotten this, or just don't wish to think about it, and this causes anxiety in us when we see ourselves, and others, act in these awful ways. I'm not advocating this behavior, just that it is natural behavior for domesticated primates.
Humans are animals. To this, most people (minus the creationists), would reply, "Yes, but we are the smartest, most intelligent animals." Says who? Us? Of course we would think that, we're biased on the subject. Just because we have big brains, and can accomplish all these "great" things, doesn't mean we are the "smartest" animals. Look around at the mess we've made of the world. Who's smarter, us, or other animals, who live in harmony with their environments?
Just because we CAN do things, doesn't mean we SHOULD.
Douglas Adams wrote in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (I'm quoting from memory, I may not get the exact wording correct), "Humans thought they were smarter than Dolphins because Humans accomplished things like New York, and Wars, while all the dolphins did was swim around and have a good time. The dolphins thought they were smarter than humans for the exact same reasons."