Lest We Forget our Origins
©2021 by Vernon Miles Kerr, VernonMilesKerr.com
No individual human is very far removed from the little primate bands of our ancestors, which were probably much like those of modern-day Gorillas, Bonobos, and Chimpanzees — social creatures whose very survival depends upon successful collaboration. We’re just monkeys.
It’s not a new idea. Darwin proposed it in 1859 and it launched a century of rancorous debate between religiosity and science. It’s not new, but studying today’s primates is a very effective way to learn both the good and the bad of being a social creature: all of the materialistic, religious, political, and other bullshit variables are removed — leaving only the important basics. The sharing, the grooming, the play are easily constrasted with the squabbles, the theft of prized delicacies, and even the fights resulting in death.