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Back to fighting the good fight.

I saw this disturbing book at amazon.com called: Nearly Human: The Gorilla’s Guide to Good Living.

Here is the synopsis from the author’s website (with our comments as well):

Nearly Human’s basic premise is: What can man learn from the free-ranging gorilla, one of his closest relatives, and how can this knowledge help us re-examine our behavior and habits so we can live simpler, happier and healthier lives — both physically and emotionally? We can learn that they’re conspiring to bring humanity down by making us simpler. Dumbing us down to a level of intelligence beneath their own! Sneaky bastards!

At a time when more of us are struggling to simplify our lives, smooth out our relationships, and stay healthy, we believe looking to the gorilla’s way of doing things offers some interesting ideas about our own. For example, here are a few Gorilla Factoids that illustrate their relevance to our everyday life….

  • A gorilla’s nearly total vegetarian diet follows U.S. national nutritional guidelines more closely than that of 97% of Americans. Um…their diet isn’t a choice. It’s what they eat. Other great apes eat meat and there are more of them around than the endangered gorilla. Seems to me that Gorillas are the hippies of the jungle and like the hippies, are going extinct!
  • Most gorilla mothers share their sleeping nest with children up to age four (the human equivalent to about eight years old) And this will make parents happier how? It’s bad enough their sex lives slow down considerably after having kids, imagine if the kids slept in the same bed for 8 years. You’d never want to have sex again!
  • Gorilla parents don’t hit their children, and are extremely caring and protective. I think this story disproves that!
  • Sliverbacks, despite their immense power, rely on a huge repertoire of conflict mediation tactics. Aggressive behavior that leads to physical contact is rare.

A key motivation behind writing this book is the belief we could help promote interest and involvement in the conservation of these magnificent animals. We believe we are helping to make the considerably dense scientific literature accessible and popular with one aim – to make people aware of how wonderful and interesting these animals are and to help us rethink how we lead our own lives, and treat our environments, family and society. In a way, the gorilla provides us with vital clues to our own natures, successes, and failures as a species.

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