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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Maybe, Animals Are More ‘Human’

Of all the entries I’ve been blogging, I’m rather disturbed this time as I put my thoughts into words. Disturbed and losing faith in the human race.  Our nation is shocked and wrapped in grief, as we mourn the MH17 tragedy. There’s no better reminder for us that we are indeed our own enemies. At the time of writing, it is still unclear who actually shot down the ill-fated MAS aircraft. But someone undoubtedly shot it down as it travelled over the troubled Donetsk region in Ukraine. Someone shot down an aircraft carrying mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who have absolutely nothing to do with the conflict between two warring parties. 309 souls including two pet dogs and nine live birds were inhumanely killed for no reason.

One week before this whole catastrophe happened, I watched the newly released Planet of The Apes: Dawn of The Apes. It was arguably one of the best animal-centric movies ever. It is interwoven with tons of messages about the world we’re living in. Animal lovers will surely find this movie meaningful. The most compelling moment in the film is when.., the lead character Caesar, an ape who is genetically advanced and could speak basic English, tells his rival ape Koba during an intense fight, that an ape should not, and will not kill another ape.  Caesar strongly believed that, Apes should not do what humans do. Caesar’s righteousness to protect his kind is something exemplary. 

We all could take a leaf out of any animal’s book. It is indeed unerring. It struck me as I got myself engrossed into the narration. Animals don’t kill their own kind with malice, grudge and hatred.  The movie also delves into how humans have brought about extinction to their own kind, by conducting tests on animals, which then backfired. A strain of virus called simian flu wiped out large parts of human population due to human error. On top of that, the use of firearms by humans is depicted as the downfall of mankind, despite its purpose to supposedly defend them. I won’t reveal the entire narration of this brilliant film as it will be a spoiler. But the subliminal messages in this film were so subtle, yet so telling. It was poignantly illustrated that animals are more worthy to have ownership of this beautiful earth, than us humans. As the lessons from the film were still echoing in my head, on the evening of July 17, MH17 was heinously destroyed by armed ‘terrorists’. At that point, it became more profound.
The apes were right after all. Humans kill humans!


  1. Hello. Thanks for a very engaging post. May be you'd be interested in Terry Pratchett's "The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents". It works on the same principle that the animals refuse to do what humans have done to them. Highly satirical upon man.

    1. Thanks for dropping by and for the plug ffateha. Will definitely check it out! :)