Our Evolutionary Heritage

Wow.  Where do I start?  Perhaps the monkey movies (Planet of the Apes franchise) have precipitated this ridiculous line of inquiry that I feel I must respond.

So many evolutionary-believing folks would like to point out, erringly, that we are so very close to our primate brethren that it’s ridiculous we should exist in any sort of antagonistic relationship with them.

Yeah, I’m sorry, but even humans discovered in remote locations engage in cannibalism, as have multiple ape communities, including those where individuals show clear signs that they strongly disapprove.

Congratulations.  We humans are primates.  We feel, deeply, even for the fall of our closely related, even distantly related species

We are not, however, apes,  for reasons different than their cute monkey-face cuddlisms (anthropomorphisms).

Truth be told, some apes attack, kill, and devour other apes, even within their own local groups, the same as some of the more remote societies of homo sapiens absolutely will practice unto you this day should you be so stupid as to travel to their island (or regions, as cannibalism does continue to occur throughout the world, albeit on a much-reduced basis from just 100 years ago…).

So, what distinguishes us from apes?

The other 99.99999% of human society that grew out of the jungle well over 80,000 years ago, with the rest of humanity following suite, so that today, less than 1% of humankind remains in the jungle.

The rest of us are scientists, engineers, biologists, mathematicians, musicians extraordinaire, cultural historians…

The list is ENDLESS.

Mankind has by no means reached its own end.  It has most certainly, however, reached “an” end whereby it absolutely must take full advantage of its full technology to preserve and transmit each and every bit that it has learned not only to our future selves, but to each and everyone who might ever happen across our civilization in any distant future, no matter how distant that future might be.

Sounds to me like a good short story.  Pick it up.