When I was younger, much much younger that is, one of the must see tv programs was Planet of The Apes. I am sure some of you must have seen and enjoyed it. I heard someone said that they re-ran the show, which doesn't surprise me, so the younger generation would have watched it too. I enjoyed it because the good guys (humans) some how or other triumphed over the bad guys, aah, monkeys. Like how I was cheated when I used to clap for the white guys in their fights against the injuns, I was tricked here too into believing that the humans were the good guys and the monkeys or apes were the villains.
I did not realise that the writer of the show was so futuristic in his thinking. I never knew that he could foresee more than 30 years in the future. He or she must have been one hell of an ape. Those of you who have seen it must know the character Urko. He is supposed to be bad just like Chief Sitting Bull is Evil but actually he is the chosen one, much like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix.
From what I understand it now, the story goes like this. A bunch of humans goes up to space to explore new planets and see if they could take their hedonistic and sadistic lifestyle of corruption, plundering, blinding, cheating and what haves you to the new planet. Yes, they make it there but are not very welcome by the inhabitants of those planets. Actually the inhabitants of these planets already know about the behaviours of humans. So these humans are chased from planet to planet and since they have run out of supplies of their sustenance of life that is greed which they brought with them by the barrels they decide to return to planet earth to replenish their supply of greed for their mission to find a friendlier or naive galaxy.
Little do they realise that they have left Mother Earth for a few hundred years and their descendants continue their plundering lifestyles. What they do know is that when they are leaving, a group of apes have got together and take it upon themselves to save the earth. Now these apes are the ones who suffer at the plundering nature of these humans. Their only consolation is that these humans give them a toy called the internet and come out with various softwares to keep them busy and perhaps blind them while they rob the apes left and right.
The humans profited by selling softwares that could be used. These humans forget that the internet which is meant to pacify these apes with dirty pictures and something called pornography is also a tool for these apes to communicate. These apes then start communicating amongst themselves and let off steam. They then group themselves into communities of common interests. So besides, surfing porn-sites, these apes also get to let off by talking to each other in something they call blogs.
One thing that these varied groups has in common is a desire to be taken seriously. They too would like to be heard. They want to live a dignified life where they are not openly cheated through the arses. One thing leads to another and soon these communities merg and begin to demand that something is done. The descendants of the humans are taken aback by this sudden awakening of the apes whom they thought to be passive and docile primates.
The humans then start a campaign to get these apes. Much is done to deter them. They try to shut the net down but couldn't because they themselves are dependent on the net for commerce. They try to crack the whip but the harder they swing the louder the cries for change they hear. By the time they decide on doing something really drastic, they realise that
it is too late. The apes get to be very strong and over-run them. The humans vanish into the jungles to save their skins. They know from reports that humans are not welcome anywhere in the universe and so they decide to live out their lives in the jungles on earth.
Now these apes are not actually evil. They don't go capturing humans for experiments or revenge. That is just a human propaganda humans are so used too in their times of glory.
Now back to the story. Our space travellers return to find that Mother Earth is no longer ruled by humans. Apes are administering the Earth rather well. Everything is running smoothly. There is no corruption, no cheating, no stealing, no nuclear weapons, no need for lawyers. The community police are very polite and helpful and everyone is happy. Progress iss quite slow but the apes prefer it that way because life is good. No single government rule the earth and no political party exists which the apes consider to be their best achievement.
The humans, who just returned find that life is unbearable considering that they have to actually work to to live. They just couldn't live off others like they used too. Their hedonistic lifestyle has to change because they wield no more powers. So what do humans do best? They hire writers to come out with something fictitious like the apes are violent, cruel, decadent and filthy liars. They try to change the mindset of their kind now hidden in the jungles and call for a revolution.
The true ending of the story was that, they humans who had been hiding in the jungles slowly began to realise that the apes weren't that bad at all. They soon come out and start living with these apes and find that life iss much better living with the apes. So they start living and working with the apes and not for the apes.
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