A quarter after Ape

First of all, I’m going to say spoiler alert. Of course, if you know the picture to the side here, then you know exactly what I’m spoiling. If you don’t. Go to Netflix or where ever you get movies and rent The Planet of the Apes. What I love about this scene is that it cements together and confirms what we knew all along in the movie. That Charleston Heston’s character has been on Earth the whole time.

Okay, so that being said, you probably are trying to figure out at what point of the blog did you actually enter in to. You’re at the beginning, don’t worry.

Why is this so important to me? Well, because, they’re releasing The Rise of the Planet of the Apes or as I like to call it The Apology for Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Tim Burton movies (can we say 90’s Batman? Loved it in all it’s Batman awesomeness), but his version just didn’t capture the essence of it all.

In the original award winning 1968 film brought the whole idea of evolution to the forefront. That, given time, apes would soon out evolve humans and become the dominant sentient life form on the planet.

The newer version looks at the origins a bit differently. This time, it’s not the wonderful modernistic view of evolution–all things will take it’s course in time. This time it’s our fault. We’ve tinkered with what we shouldn’t have and now, well, check out the trailer.

yeah. I know. dude.

One of the trends lately in sci-fi (which at times includes horror..usually around Halloween) is that we shouldn’t tinker with the order of things. That we shouldn’t tinker with creation or with human beings. We’re made this way for a reason. Leave it alone.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made. I mean, have you seen your phalanges lately? Or your epidermis? (or when your epidermis gets burned). Not just that though, but we humans, we’re different. We’re not like the average bear…er, monkey. We’re made in the image of God. This isn’t some thing that’s all arrogant or anything like that. It’s not like “yeah, you know it hedgehog, I’m made in His image and you’re not so there.” Be nice to hedgehogs please. It’s not only an honor but a responsibility.

We’re made in His image. There’s something special about that. Even Dr. Zaius would agree that there’s something special about that. Bartleby knows that (wait, sorry, wrong movie).

I think these things tap into some greater thing in our own psyche. Don’t screw around with what God has made. Sin’s already screwed it up a lot and God has a plan to make it better. Respect what God has made in you. Respect that God has made you…well, you and in His image. Something just amazing about that.

So, the moral of the story is, is that if you go into outer space in suspended animation, make sure you know what planet you’re on when you wake up. And if you make the medicine for the ultimate cure, don’t test it on sapiens with opposable thumbs. Try lab rats, please.

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