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Purpose Part Deux

Humans differ from animals in five respects: 1. Language 2. The use of complex tools 3. Genocide 4. Self annihilation 5. Self control

1.Hello friends, can you read this? Then chances are you are not an ape. True, the common ground monkeys have up to twenty words in their vocabularies with words for Hawk!, Snake!, Run!, and Furless Bipeds!

2.Some of the lesser primates can learn to attach two sticks together whilst in a cage to get at the bananas taunting them from outside the cage that could not have been reached with only the one stick. Using one stick is cause enough for celebration, but two! "How about going to the moon, Gorilla? But don't be ashamed, two sticks is just fine." I also haven't learnt to operate a space ship, but that's because as of yet, no one has offered.

3. Dian Fossey observed one band of chimps select a chimp from another band of chimps and murder him. They picked him up, dropped him, bit him, slapped him, stepped on his balls. From the description I read it was pretty gruesome. No bullets to the head, no knifings, not even strangling. "Not even strangling, chimps! That's easy." That same band then picked another "outsider" to murder, and did so, the selected chimp dying 5 days later with his scrotum 1/5 of it's original size. But the chimps did not kill all of the members of the other band, nor did they kill all gorillas, or cause any species to go extinct. We have taken our distrust of "others" and have used our complex tools to kill a lot of them at once.

4. If chimps have not mastered strangling, then blowing up the earth cannot even be considered. We can smile about our language and tools :) but frown about our genocide and self destructive tendencies :(

Although I may have thought about our language and tool making capacities, I have only recently realized about our genocidal and self annihilation traits when compared with other animals. The information came to me from a book called The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond. Since our DNA differs from chimps by only %2, and since we have murdered the other branches who evolved from chimps, such as the Neanderthals and Homo Erectus, where else could we look for comparisons of animal nature but to the chimps.

Jared Diamond wrote a chapter on why we do drugs, alcohol and commit adultery. His theory for adultery is more complex than I'd like to get into right now, but his theory of why we do drugs gave me some laughs. He suggested we do them to show the opposite sex that we can ingest such poisons, but still be o.k. the next day. Who wants to go out with the person who can't hold his/her liquor? 

By thinking of our plight and our relations to animals and trying to come up with something that separates us from them, I was reminded of our ability of self control. Although I have not read of any studies of animals practicing self-control, I assume they are not very good at it. I think they are driven more by the id than we are. A fictional example of this comes from the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel when the two reach Algae Island occupied by nothing but Meerkats. When the tiger sees all the meerkats, and after he has satisfied his hunger, he continues killing just because that is his nature. Humans, on the other hand, can discipline our minds and practice self control. Various religions have highlighted this, but is that their way of submitting us to the institution's will while the higher-ups laugh and make party? I've tried being good, but did not attain enlightenment. Not trying hard enough, eh, Buddha? Reward will come in the afterlife, eh, Jesus?

I thought self discipline and will power in concern to the pleasure of the flesh, and it's exclusive nature, might have given me a valuable purpose to life by separating me from the animals, but maybe pleasure and continuing the possibility of more pleasure to be had is purpose enough. I will aim, however, at a constant, steady happiness that slowly climbs to the eventual goal of levitation -- as opposed to the violent dives and climbs that I engage in now... Actually these are just words, how can I resist Bungee Fucking with ho-hos in my mouth? Well, at least I can try (again).

6 comments:

JMH said...

I think the official spelling of genocide should be changed to genocide :(. It's the ultimate sad face.

Now ladies, watch me ingest these poisons. Don't mind the vomiting, it's part of my fitness program. You like tight abs, don't you?

Asylum Dolly said...

jesus on a bicycle! my brain has only just recovered, and now it is exploding all over again.
I'm not sure where to start- or IF i should, because once i start i'm not sure how to stop. I will proceed with caution.
Firstly, the drug thing gave me a giggle. It makes a bit of sense, as i suspect many things we do (if not most things) are done to impress the opposite sex somehow. I like to think i am not some stupid bimbo who won't do/wear something unless it gives some guy a boner, yet when i think about it, why do i engage in any grooming activities? Why do i purchase fancy lingerie? Why do i enjoy crazy hairstyles and lipstick? It's because i want to feel sexy. Sure, my choices, from what i've noticed do not actually make men attracted to me,and i do not consciously think "oh i must remember to make men want to have sex with me today", but when i am looking a bit cool with my dreadies and knee high boots and fancy push up bra (obviously there are clothes over it, but you know what i mean), i feel faintly sexy and confident for some reason. Just an example of course, but i use this example because i don't really understand it, and resent the contradiction of it. Even though my methods may be unconventional (apart from the bra thing), the aim is the same.Feeling attractive makes me feel good.
Anyway..what was my fucking point?
Maybe i don't have one, and my brain is tired.
I often think about our similarities to other animals, and what exactly- if anything- separates we humans from them. There are, as you pointed out, some astonishing similarities in areas. The gorillas killing is one such similarity. We do the same thing, but perhaps motive has become blurred with us? Other animals do nasty things to each other, but as you say, they do not commit genocide, or make other species extinct, or create nuclear weapons. Maybe the main problem with us is that we have taken EVERYTHING to ridiculous extremes. If apes are motivated purely by survival instincts and the urge to preserve and protect their own genepool, what is OUR motivation? Maybe subconsciously those very same instincts are driving us, but we try to use intellect to justify it in other ways? Maybe that is indirectly why we are destroying the earth...which would tie in with the whole "impressing the opposite sex "thing too: "Look how strong i am! I knocked down this massive tree! I built this huge oil rig! I destroyed people who don't look right! look at my flashy car! My genes are the best! Come and fuck me! I OWN THE WOOOORRRRRLLLD!!!!!!" etc. Who knows. I don't.My brain has exploded all over the floor, and i need to clean it up, so that potential mates can see what a good housewife i am.

The self control thing is a good point.Not that everybody practices that of course.I guess in the wild there is really no need for it, as it would be detrimental to survival. If you are an animal who just hunted and killed another animal, it would be stupid not to eat and eat and eat, as you may not get the opportunity to do so again for a while. But then if it weren't for self control, we people wouldn't be able to ration our food in dire times....so i have just contradicted myself :S maybe contradiction is the only truth.
My brain has exploded again, and now i am dead.There is so much more i want to say, but i need to come back to life first.

The verification word is "sispain". si, spain. WF has realised that Jorg lopez is a spanish name, so i trying to impress you by getting all spainy. It wants to mate with you!

Asylum Dolly said...

jesus on a bicycle! my brain has only just recovered, and now it is exploding all over again.
I'm not sure where to start- or IF i should, because once i start i'm not sure how to stop. I will proceed with caution.
Firstly, the drug thing gave me a giggle. It makes a bit of sense, as i suspect many things we do (if not most things) are done to impress the opposite sex somehow. I like to think i am not some stupid bimbo who won't do/wear something unless it gives some guy a boner, yet when i think about it, why do i engage in any grooming activities? Why do i purchase fancy lingerie? Why do i enjoy crazy hairstyles and lipstick? It's because i want to feel sexy. Sure, my choices, from what i've noticed do not actually make men attracted to me,and i do not consciously think "oh i must remember to make men want to have sex with me today", but when i am looking a bit cool with my dreadies and knee high boots and fancy push up bra (obviously there are clothes over it, but you know what i mean), i feel faintly sexy and confident for some reason. Just an example of course, but i use this example because i don't really understand it, and resent the contradiction of it. Even though my methods may be unconventional (apart from the bra thing), the aim is the same.Feeling attractive makes me feel good.
Anyway..what was my fucking point?
Maybe i don't have one, and my brain is tired.
I often think about our similarities to other animals, and what exactly- if anything- separates we humans from them. There are, as you pointed out, some astonishing similarities in areas. The gorillas killing is one such similarity. We do the same thing, but perhaps motive has become blurred with us? Other animals do nasty things to each other, but as you say, they do not commit genocide, or make other species extinct, or create nuclear weapons. Maybe the main problem with us is that we have taken EVERYTHING to ridiculous extremes. If apes are motivated purely by survival instincts and the urge to preserve and protect their own genepool, what is OUR motivation? Maybe subconsciously those very same instincts are driving us, but we try to use intellect to justify it in other ways? Maybe that is indirectly why we are destroying the earth...which would tie in with the whole "impressing the opposite sex "thing too: "Look how strong i am! I knocked down this massive tree! I built this huge oil rig! I destroyed people who don't look right! look at my flashy car! My genes are the best! Come and fuck me! I OWN THE WOOOORRRRRLLLD!!!!!!" etc. Who knows. I don't.My brain has exploded all over the floor, and i need to clean it up, so that potential mates can see what a good housewife i am.

The self control thing is a good point.Not that everybody practices that of course.I guess in the wild there is really no need for it, as it would be detrimental to survival. If you are an animal who just hunted and killed another animal, it would be stupid not to eat and eat and eat, as you may not get the opportunity to do so again for a while. But then if it weren't for self control, we people wouldn't be able to ration our food in dire times....so i have just contradicted myself :S maybe contradiction is the only truth.
My brain has exploded again, and now i am dead.There is so much more i want to say, but i need to come back to life first.

The verification word is "sispain". si, spain. WF has realised that Jorg lopez is a spanish name, so i trying to impress you by getting all spainy. It wants to mate with you!

Asylum Dolly said...

I don't know why that comment published twice...? Sorry! The internet fucked up a bit when i clicked "post".

sybil law said...

Bungee fucking with Ho -Ho's sounds awesome, though.

John Dantzer said...

JMH - Genocide :( should be changed to that, but watch out! Genocide :(. when viewed from the other way looks like a smily face with one eye missing. Would hate to confuse genocide with one eyed smily faces.

Vomiting does wonders for your abs.

Bon - Maybe the internet realized how awesome your comment was and therefore posted it twice. I can't believe your head exploded twice in one comment, that must me a new record.
Considering the different cultures as distinct entities, we blow things up to demonstrate our sexability thereby attracting other cultures to hump. The more a culture blows shit up, the more often it will get humped.
I often well coif my hair to appear attractive for the same reasons as you, unlike you, however, I always remind myself that I am doing it to get the ladies. Maybe you are in denial.
Even WF wants to spread her/his genes, and s/he will succeed, I am positive about that.

Sybil - You would know best of bungee fucking since it is you who invented the sport.