ME and Ophelia

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

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The monkeys would say something quite different

During my blogging break, I googled some of the issues raised in the reading material I ploughed through, and came across three links (see below). Here are some excerpts I've taken from Man relating to man’s version of the story of evolution and what the monkeys would say:

It is important to understand what the theory of evolution says about the origin of man since so many people believe this. This is what is often taught in the public schools and elsewhere.

Evolution teaches that man has gradually evolved from lower animals (such as ape-like creatures) in a slowly changing process that has taken millions of years. Thus, the evolutionists would say that man is nothing more than a highly intelligent animal. Man is not too much different from a gorilla, except man is smarter!

Let’s think this theory through carefully. If man has evolved from some ape-like creature, then where did that creature come from? Remember, to find the origin of something you need to go back to the very beginning (all the way back to the starting point).

Here is how the evolutionists tell the story of man [Note: this information was taken from two sources:  (1) "The Awesome Worlds Within a Cell", National Geographic, September, 1976, pp. 392-393;  (2) Evolution by Ruth Moore published by TIME Incorporated (TIME-LIFE series), 1964, pp.109-116]:

In the beginning, about four billion years ago, the air was unfit to breathe. The young earth is without life. The sun beats down; storms lash the coasts; volcanoes pour hissing lava into the ocean’s waters. These natural jolts fuse simple molecules into more complex ones. Amino acids are formed, then interact with each other, and primitive protein is fashioned, perhaps as a worm-like molecule. Somehow the right molecules get together and the first living cell appears. This first living cell is the great ancestor of all plants and animals on earth, including man. From this first cell, all other forms of life evolved. This tiny first living cell is the father of us all!

How did man come from this first cell? (Remember, there are more cells in the human body than there are people in the world) Here's the story: As time went on, this first cell developed into amoeba?-like organisms and other primitive creatures that could survive in the ocean. After millions of years, these creatures evolved into fish. Some of these fish developed lungs so that they could survive outside of the water. Gradually they began to make their way onto land as the first amphibians. These amphibians then evolved into reptiles and the earth soon became populated with great dinosaurs. Some of these reptiles started to develop legs that could move around better, and these creatures became what we today would call mammals. Other reptiles developed wings and flew away to become birds.

Where did man come from? One of these early mammals was known as a tree shrew. He was not much larger than a squirrel and in many ways looked like a squirrel. This creature lived in trees and gradually evolved into primitive monkeys and other ape-like creatures. From these ape-like creatures there evolved two major groups:  1) the great apes that we can see in zoos today, such as the gorilla, orangutan, gibbon and chimpanzee;  2) a creature who came down from the trees and who started walking upright (all monkeys and apes walk on all fours)--THIS IS MAN!

Our father (that first living cell) would have been very proud of us if he could have seen how far we have come these past millions of years!
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The above is man’s version of the story

If we were to ask the monkeys, they would say something quite different:

Three monkeys dining once in a cocoanut tree
 Were discussing some things that they heard true to be.
"What do you think?" "Now listen, you two;
Here, monkeys, is something that cannot be true,
That humans descend from our noble race!
Why, it’s shocking -- a terrible disgrace.
Whoever heard of a monkey deserting his wife,
Leaving a baby to starve and ruin its life?
And have you ever known of a mother monk
To leave her darling with strangers to bunk?
Their babies are handed from one to another,
And some scarcely know the love of a mother.
And I’ve never known a monkey so selfish to be,
As to build a fence around a cocoanut tree,
So other monkeys can‘t get a wee taste,
But would let all the cocoanuts there go to waste.
Why, if I'd put a fence around this cocoanut tree,
Starvation would force you to steal from me.
And here is another thing a monkey won’t do:
Seek a cocktail parlor and get on a stew.
Carouse and go on a whoopee disgracing his life,
Then reel madly home and beat up his wife.
They call this all pleasure and make a big fuss--
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Where Did I Come From?

Man’s Origin--Where Did I Come From?
Man’s Purpose--Why Am I Here?
Man’s Destiny--Where Am I Going?

[Source courtesy Man]

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 5/26/2004
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