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Monkeys, Old men and Education.

People are strange. Yes, I went there.
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Today I read an article about how a community in an informal settlement West of Johannesburg  in South Africa (this is where I live) stoned and then proceeded to burn a vervet monkey to death. Guess what the reason was.
No? Okay. Here it is…
It was talking to people, so they thaught this was a good indication that it was a witch. Hence the stoning and scorching. Oh and the police shot at it…
The first thing that came to my mind was: You have a talking monkey! You could make millions off television shows alone, not to mention merchandising and ad billboards everywhere. I’d call him Geoffrey. Most importantly we could understand monkeys better, we could learn their language, experience their culture and mate with their women. Okay, maybe not the last bit, but you catch my drift.

The second thing that came to mind was what the !@#$ these poeple where on, to make them all simultaneously think that the monkey could talk in the first place!? You know what, I bet that it was just some old, glue sniffing madman that scrambled out of his shack and stepped on the monkey’s tail. The ensuing screech was misunderstood for language, he tells everyone about his encounter and bam! mass hysteria ensues. I once saw a woman talk to four pidgeons for fifteen minutes, apparently they were debating about whether or not she should vote. It was very interesting to watch and it seemed  that the pidgeons raised some valid points because towards the end  of the debate she sort of shouted at them and stormed away with quite some indignaton, but I digress.

My point is, everything is about perspective. That old coot and the rest of his community absolutely and unequivocally believed that this humble vervet monkey could talk. This was strange, scary and some would even say unprecedented, which left a hollow itchy feeling in their stomachs and so they decided to do the human thing and kill it. Notice the missing ‘e’ and how that one letter makes all the difference. Moving on…

Now I’m not saying they were right; they were absolutely wrong in every sense of the word, but I do sort of understand where they are coming from. These are some of the least educated people in the world, they don’t understand anything. Imagine how frustrating that must be, to not understand most of what is going on around you. I’d probably also kill the monkey. People need to be educated to change their mindset, it’s as simple as that. The government in South Africa is not doing enough to educate people. Our corrupt officials spend our tax money on shopping sprees in Dubai and nice private jets whilst the poor suffer. 

Ha, just kidding, everything here is fine…

P.S. If anyone does ever find a real talking monkey you may send it to me. I wonder if Geoffrey could teach other monkeys to talk…

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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Funny opinion


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