December 14th International Monkey Day
Man tends to put every animal on earth beneath himself. The monkey comes closest but we still treat them as though we are better than them. We hunt them, abuse them, and use them for our own amusement. There is something wrong with that. Today we celebrate the lifes of monkeys, apes, tarsiers, and lemurs. We should celebrate all wildlife and let it live as it chooses, not as what entertains us. Today was originally created as a joke by Casey Sorrow who put it on a friend’s calendar. Who knew it would go international?
How to celebrate – Go on safari and see the monkey in nature (doesn’t have to be Africa by the way). See how many different breeds of monkey you can name. Learn about Koko and her kitten.
Well, do we come from monkeys or not? According to Charles Darwin’s “On The Origin Of Species”, published in 1859, we are. That’s one theory, of course there are others. Are we related to apes? There is no doubt that there is some physical attributes that seem to blend the species together but then there are others that separate them.
In 1974, Australopithecus Afaresis Lucy’s skeleton, was discovered and seems to be a little more closely resembling both species. There is no doubt that Homo sapiens have evolved over time but did we come from monkeys?
Does this look like anyone you know? Uncle Bob, Cousin Bill, Aunt Dorothy? Do you have any family photos that you sort of wonder about? Probably not because man supposedly evolved before there were cameras.
Now it is true that a monkey does enjoy a beer from time to time, maybe a cigar and loves to sit on the couch watching football and scratching himself. So how do you describe yourself? Ape or man, man or ape?
In the end, we are all family and that is what matters most. Gather those close to you and love them whether you are man or beast.
How to celebrate – Read about Charles Darwin. Read the Bible. Go have a beer.