Sunday, March 05, 2006

Poetic Justice
From CNN.com, we learn about a supposed ecological catastrophe:

Scientists are struggling to save the fast-disappearing bonobo, the gentle 'hippie chimp' known for resolving squabbles through sex rather than violence.

Unfortunately, bonobos are prized by Congolese for their tasty meat, and many villagers who are illegally hunting the wiry, wizen-faced apes don't realize how close their prey is to extinction.
Well, no one wants an animal hunted into extinction, right? Especially one that has such an important role in the ecosystem, right?

Well, actually, scientists aren't trying to save them because of their ecological significance, but rather because of their social commentary:
"Bonobos are an icon for peace and love, the world's 'hippie chimps,'" said Sally Coxe of the Washington-based Bonobo Conservation Initiative. "To let them die off would be a catastrophe."
Hmmm. Would it be a catastrophe? Or just an objective lesson that hippie philosophy doesn't work when you have an unyielding adversary?

5 comments:

Jenn of the Jungle said...

In fact, aren't the Bonobo's the chimps that are something like one chromosome away from being homo-sapiens? Something like that, they are our closest "relatives" I believe.

Hmmmm, Hippy Chimps, maybe closest related to liberals?

john said...

"Would it be a catastrophe? Or just an objective lesson that hippie philosophy doesn't work when you have an unyielding adversary?"

Perhaps it's a catastrophe that hippie philosphy doesn't work due to unyielding adversaries. Or do you prefer war to peace?

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Stoopid hippies.

I'll bet those chimps smell about the same as regular hippies...

Exile said...

RTFR - do you prefer war to peace?

I am fairly confident that bonobos have been engaging in their "philosophy" since before homo sapiens developed our current prudishness, so maybe they are not the problem

the failure of the bonobos to adapt their behavior and strategic outlook in the face of unfavorable circumstances make them seem more closely related to W-brand conservatives.

RFTR said...

You guys are idiots...

I agree, John, that it is very sad that hippie philosophy doesn't work. In a perfect world, there would be no violence (which also answers your idiotic first question, Exile).

But when you are faced with violence, free love—and, for example, a Cabinet-level Department of Peace as some have advocated—will not work.

When people are going to kill you no matter how you behave, you must kill them first. It's that simple.