I received another of those funny emails the other day, which included a really cute photo and the following words:
Proof That Men Have Not Evolved All That Much…
Now I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of evolution and humor without recalling the words of Robert Anton Wilson:
Most of the domesticated primates of Terra did not know they were primates. They thought they were something apart from and “superior” to the rest of the planet….
Benny had actually read Darwin once, in college a long time ago, and had heard of sciences like ethology and ecology, but the facts of evolution had never really registered on him. He never thought of himself as a primate. He never realized his friends and associates were primates. Above all, he never understood that the alpha males of Unistat were typical leaders of primate bands. As a result of this inability to see the obvious, Benny was constantly alarmed and terrified by the behavior of himself, his friends and associates and especially the alpha males of the pack. Since he didn’t know it was ordinary primate behavior, it seemed just awful to him.
Since a great deal of primate behavior was considered just awful, most of the domesticated primates spent most of their time trying to conceal what they were doing.
Some of the primates got caught by other primates. All of the primates lived in dread of getting caught.
Those who got caught were called no-good shits.
This metaphor was deep in primate psychology because primates mark their territories with excretions, and sometimes they threw excretions at each other when disputing over territories.
Robert Anton Wilson – “Schrödinger’s Cat Trilogy”
As one who is simultaneously amazed at the power of the human mind and appalled at how poorly we use it, I find that I’m more like Benny that I like to admit. And one of the things that bothers me the most is how we allow the rules of “civilized behavior” to limit the joy we could have in our lives.
Anyway, about that photo. Apparently, Terra’s other primates find our “domestication” issues to be very amusing…
I want ice water.