Friday, August 26, 2005

How many monkeys does it take to build a pyramid?

Humans On Display at London Zoo

Apparently, as a both a stunt to increase attendance and social commentary about the place humans occupy in the animal kingdom, the London Zoo has opened a special exhibit called 'Humans in their natural habitat', in which eight scantily clad men and women prance around like morons for the viewing enjoyment of confused onlookers.

Now, I'm all for a dumb stunt. And there is certainly nothing wrong with some scantily clad women running around. So if the powers that be at the zoo think that some half-naked people will get more patrons through the gates, then more power to them. This aspect of the project, at least, seems innocent enough.

What I have a very serious problem with, however, is the attitude that seems to permeate this endeavor. It seems to be rather intentionally designed to both lower the value of humanity and elevate the value of the animal kingdom, as per the agenda of the radical environmental left and their footsoldiers at PETA and the ALF.

According to spokesman Patty Wills "Seeing people in a different environment, among other animals ... teaches members of the public that the human is just another primate." I see. Now if we take this logic to it's natural conclusion, then we are left with a moral dilemma of sorts. You see, if humans are 'just another primate', then why do we not bestow the same rights upon, say, chimpanzees that we do upon humans? And more nefariously, if humans are just another primate, why do we not experiment upon or clone humans? Both, coincidentally are goals of the radical left. However, before attaining these goals, the general public must be convinced that they are simply not that special, and that human life is no more special or deserving of protection than, say, a field mouse.

The message, it seems, is not lost upon it's participants, said one Tom Mahoney to the AP:
"A lot of people think humans are above other animals... When they see humans as animals, here, it kind of reminds us that we are not that special."
Not that special indeed. Except for things like, you know, the pyramids. Or the space program. Or the Sistine Chapel. Or indoor plumbing. Or just about everything else that rather obviously separates us from and elevates us above the rest of the animal kingdom. This fallacy is driven home by having the people prance around naked in a bear enclosure, calling it 'humans in their natural habitat', which in fact at this point for humans is about as natural as being underwater. But as long as people go around thinking that human life is special, then the radical animal rights, cloning and abortion agendas that these people are pushing will not win much general support.

The de-humanization of humans to further a leftist agenda is nothing new; they've been at it rather successfully for years in order to make abortion seem less like the brutal abomination that it is, and more like a simple medical procedure, akin to having a hangnail removed. Witness such terms used to describe an unborn infant as 'product of conception', 'fetal mass', etc., and you begin to understand what is at work here; the key to getting people to abandon their previously held values is to first convince them that they are not actually compromising their values at all, but rather that their values are separate and held intact from whatever they are being convinced of at the moment. Remember that not too long ago abortion was viewed with the same abhorration as, say, human cloning is today. However, after a couple of decades of convincing people that, morally speaking, they are not compromising their values (most people don't support killing a baby) by telling them in one way or another that they are not killing anything, then support becomes far easier to attain. A 'product of conception' is a much better target than a baby, despite the fact that they are the same thing.

The second step in this process of de-humanizing humanity is what we are now witnessing at the London Zoo. Most people at the moment do not support human cloning and other such experimentation involving humans, but have little problem overall with the same things involving animals. Nor do they support the granting of civil rights to the animal kingdom. However with a bit more convincing that humans are just another member of the animal kingdom, no more or less special than a cat or sheep despite all evidence to the contrary, than who knows where we'll be in another 10 years. After all, they've managed to convince a good number of people in a very short period of time that aborting an unborn baby on a whim is not much of a moral issue. In Scandinavia they've gone so far recently as to have open and serious discussion into when it is actually legal and ethical to kill a newborn infant (it seems that this is becoming a common, if so far unreported, practice in that part of the world). Unless we begin to fight back in a very real way on these issues involving our humanity, I shudder to think what this world will look like in the near future.


Blogger The Catskill Chronicle said...

I agree 100 percent with all you say, particularly on the abortion issue. Right on!

The answer to the question, however, is just one monkey (if the monkey has an MBA)

Al Czveric

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