Aping Culture: Youth are good at ‘aping’ February 16, 2007Posted by sinchan in Belia.
“Chimpanzees speak in dialects, invent odd grooming styles, and drum better than most kids in marching bands. So what’s left to separate them from us?” I quote this from Meredith F. Small: Discover Vol. 21 No. 05/May 2000. (http://www.discover.com/issues/may-00/features/feataping/) Now who is aping whom? Many Malaysian youth may never have witnessed a monkey or locally known as ‘beruk’, good at aping people and trained to climb a coconut tree…or fable regarding tales of monkeys ‘aping’ the humans. But as to the definition of youth by Malaysian standard, it is those falling between the age group of 15 to 40 years old…and (sigh), I guess many of us feel relief that at 40 years old , in Malaysia…you are still considered as youthful, and…. many Malaysians are still youthful!!!! So…let us not meander further, coming back to the point of discussion, the youth today may be perceived to be good at aping…aping the western culture? Aping the apes, chimpanzees and monkeys…and other animals? Subconsciously, human beings have three psychological levels; the ego, superego and the id: www.allamaiqbal.com/publications/journals/review/apr99/4.htm. The beastiality or animal- like behaviour inherent in humans, that lurk subconsciously in the deeper realms of the human psyche explains the manifestations of animal-like behaviour that surfaced(http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/preview/Ego%2C_superego%2C_and_id). If the clothing, hairstyle, culture, antics, movements, gyrations and body language of the youth are observed…they do resemble the ‘animal kingdom’ to a certain extent. I am not implying that Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is proven ‘true’ (http://www.allaboutscience.org/darwins-theory-of-evolution.htm), or that I am insulting the human species…but there are correlations and similarities. A picture speaks a thousand words…so let the images speak for themselves….
But having stated all these…I am sure that there are many positive aspects of the human being; for it is the civilised norms, codes and behaviour, with the utilisation of the amazing human faculties and mind, our compassionate nature and sympathetic and emphatic understanding, is what separate us ‘human beings’ from them, the beasts!!