The Unsung Virtues of the Maligned.
The Epitheter vs. the Epithetee.
The Epithetee Often Wins.
1. Monkeys are key in banana variations.
Are we superior because we bury the variations, and let ourselves eat only the kind that industry bred so they could profit most. What we get ro eat are one type. The familiar yellow hand.
See the many varieties of bananas that have managed to survive despite us, from the Yucatan to the Himalayas. See Nature Products, at ://natureproducts.net/Forest_Products/Bananas/Musa_itinerans_tall.html/ Look up that Musa Itinerans.
For most bananas, the seeds mature during the summer, and it is mainly the monkeys that distribute them. There are red bananas, cold-tolerant bananas, ornate and dwarf ones. The musella lasiocarpa golden lotus banana is sacred in Buddhism.
2. Monkeys and bananas grow best where corporations and commerce are controlled.
Commercial focus is fine to a degree: it enables a floor to survival. Efficiency, knowledge, how things grow, distribution, good use. But past that mythical tipping point, profit takes over and variation suffers. It takes a conscious effort to sustain the variety, or it will be gone. And before, perhaps, we knew its contribution to our own well-being.
Varieties of bananas grow where people, if giant corporations have not taken over, sustain biodiversity- friendly lifestyles. Is that also true of people: our varieties die off when corporations move in, commerce takes over. This thumbnail (thumbnails also violate nothing, so we sing their praises as well) is from www.chinadiscover.net/ Do an images search for Xishangbanna and it will appear.
3. Harnessing fruits and animals for our own use works against our own best interest.
So: bananas. Our history, as Americans, with the banana, is not honorable. See ://en.allexperts.com/q/Central-South-American-673/Banana-Wars.htm/ We have invaded, taken control, capitalism amok, all that, and weakened the once strong banana strain, so that now it is susceptible to disease and the one basic type we have reduced to boredom and fostered - the Bright Yellow Stop and Shop type - may well be in jeopardy. We have ourselves to thank. And our engendered Banana Republics are angry. Justifiably so. The United Fruit Company and the US - joined at the hand, see ://www.mayaparadise.com/ufc1e.htm/ Think Curious George.
Dull man, yellow hat,
Little monkey having fun
Monkey smartest one.
4. Dietary Wisdom
Monkeys are not obese, fat. We are. They are in shape. See Health and Wellness; The Banana Diet, at ://www.associatedcontent.com/article/715097/the_banana_diet_dont_monkey_around.html/. The site lists "bananas, berries, oranges, seeds, herbs, roots, ants and meat". Hey. Where's the beer? The pasta. The chips. "Don't monkey around with your health," says the article.
Eat like a monkey. Sounds like a new dance. Eat,,, like... a... Mon-key....
5. Eat like a monkey. How monkeys eat bananas.
Monkeys know how to eat bananas. Bananas grow up, from the stem at the bottom forming the hand for all the growing bananas upwards. So, hold the stem at the bottom, folks, and peel by starting with a pinch at the top. That is how monkeys eat bananas. Very wise, and leaves you with a little handle at the end. See Instructables, at ://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Eat-a-Banana-Like-a-Monkey/
6. Learn from monkeys in establishing hierarchies, if you need to have one.
The highest status monkey is the one who turns out to have the highest serotonin levels, that hormone leading to feelings of well-being - and, interesting here, the highest status monkey, the one who feels best, enjoys the most well-being fights the least. He doesn't have to fight. He gets the lieutenants to fight if the need arises.
Does that mean that the belligerent among us are so because they don't feel good. Bring on the couches. Rush? We are ready.
Lower status monkeys are the risk-takers, the ones making most noise, and often get smacked down, or make bad judgment calls. Overdoing the posturing, like leaping big chasms on their own.
Now, take the status monkey out of the troupe, and give serotonin (prozac, to us) to a low status monkey, and over time, he gains in status.
Who realizes it first? The ladies - heightened sensitivity here. But the guys don't get it. They are confused at the change.
Serotonin turns out to be important in status and the more secure monkeys don't have to go out on the limbs like the lower status ones do. See the video at ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXxKBiidbeo/
So, the least secure make the worst judgment calls.
7. In spider monkeys, however, the female takes the leadership role.
Why isn't this in our text books? See ://www.honoluluzoo.org/spider_monkey.htm/ "It was also observed that males were not able to plan an economic and varied food route like the leading females; therefore they have a less varied diet." See the Honolulu Zoo site. Spider monkeys are banana-eaters, among other fruits, nuts, etc.
8. People and Skin color.
How do we get the way we look. Skin color apparently follows a gene for it. There is no gene for "race". See Researchers Discover Skin Color Gene, at ://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5055391/ Race is a social idea, dependent on many factors important to you, but perhaps not someone else.
Do monkeys mostly have white skin? Except for the ones that got color vision early, and developed a yen for red skin and hair? See ://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070524155313.htm/
Jungle behavior is reasonable and ecosystem syntonic. What on earth is this? The wisdom of monkeys. Worthy of emulation.
9. Theology. See the Hindu monkey god, Hanuman, who aided Lord Rama against evil, at ://hinduism.about.com/od/lordhanuman/a/hanuman.htm/. Is there a bricklayer, stonemason, masonic connection, secret knowledge, etc. Beyond us, but the Bern monkey is no slouch.