Since the Nick and Knack Fisher-Fasher Research Facilities in the New Mexico desert made the earth-shattering discovery that apes evolved from humans and not the other way around*, I’ve found myself being attracted to the concept of swinging around in the jungle for a living….
Apes and monkeys relax in the trees eating fruit and socializing with their families and mates while those of us who were until recently thought to have “evolved “ from an ape-like ancestor struggle through our stressful, worry-filled lives. We’re being pushed around and studying and working day in and day out for someone else’s enrichment. Ray Davies, way back in the Kinkolithic Age summed up my sentiments accurately:
In man’s evolution he’s created the city
And the motor traffic rumble.
But give me half a chance and I’d be taking off my clothes
And living in the jungle.
Cause the only time that I feel at ease
Is swinging up and down in the coconut trees.
Oh what a life of luxury to be like an apeman.
From “Apeman” recorded by the Kinks. Songwriter: RAY DAVIES
Apeman lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, ABKCO Music Inc.
* Yes, I know that both apes and men are said to have evolved from a common ancestor.