Carol Platt Liebau: Monkey See, Monkey Do

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Monkey See, Monkey Do

For centuries, human beings have striven to raise themselves above animals -- with religion and culture (literature, art, music, philosophy, medicine, etc.).

Now, there is a group of perverse humans bent on demonstrating that they are no different than animals.

"Seeing people in a different environment, among other animals ... teaches members of the public that the human is just another primate," [London Zoo spokesman Polly] Wills said.

Well, maybe that's true for some humans -- and after all, if you can see it, you can be it. Perhaps the rest of us are trying for something just a bit more elevated. But hey, to each his own -- as the more libertarian monkeys say.


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