Cohabiting with a Monkey

July 4, 2012

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Planet of the Apes


Is soul-body duality still relevant?

Or is it more relevant than ever?









by Henry Makow Ph. D.


I have a confession to make. I've been living with a monkey for most of my life.

I call him "Curious George." (He is very curious to me.) We're an odd couple. He is always posturing and foraging. I try to keep him in check.

His vulgarity is a constant embarrassment. It seems that at a young age, his mind was corrupted (programmed.)   

When he sees a fertile female, he doesn't see a human being. He sees a hypothetical sexual partner. He's thinking, "Wow, she's cute."  This is "Sex-obsessed George."

When his best friends suffer some misfortune, he does feel compassion. But there is a tinge of satisfaction. This is "Schadenfreude George." Or should I say, "Insecure George?" 

Paradoxically, George is not a jealous monkey. He accepts that there are smarter, more talented, more hard-working monkeys, who are more deserving than him.   

Sometimes I think of George as an airplane and I am his pilot. I have to fuel him up
at least three times a day, clean his cabin and empty his toilets. I change his oil about once a week.  Sometimes his batteries wear down so "I" take a nap.

I sit in the cockpit in front of a computer screen. George wants a drink. George needs stimulation. George is always "wanting" something.

This is "Bean-counter George." He tries to increase his store of coupons (called "money", very useful for acquiring food.) He also thrives on getting recognition from other monkeys and gets quite angry if they act like, well ....monkeys! 


EDUCATING GEORGE


George lives on a planet that has been overrun by his kind. It is a large zoo without cages. He is surrounded by bad examples. It's "cohabiting with six billion monkeys." 

The planet is ruled by a clique of evil monkeys who
"corrupt in order to control." They don't want simians like George challenging their supremacy.  

Everywhere George looks, he is encouraged to be his worst.

Porn, violence, greed etc. are pushed in his face. George rarely gets accurate information or sees positive role models.

I try to shield him from all the filth and instead, expose him to truth and uplifting experiences.   ape.jpg

I wish I had home-schooled him. He wasted most of his life listening to other monkeys.



WHO IS GEORGE?

As you have probably guessed, George is an animal that has served as the vehicle for my consciousness for some 62 years. I figure he's got about 18-25 years left before he expires and I must hitch another ride.

(Apparently, the Creator has chosen this method of self-expression: Inject Himself into a higher Primate and hope the seed will grow. Unfortunately this plant primate is in some danger.)

George is definitely not the virile young ape he once was. There are many signs of wear and decline. 

George is so demanding that I often forget I am not him. That distinction is what distinguishes me from an ape. It's what makes me "human."

The whole cosmic drama takes the form of domesticating our ape vehicles. I must regularly unplug the "George" computer. I want soul to experience itself instead of George.

I must increase consciousness through meditation, prayer and reading the New Testament. "The Lord is thy shepherd. Thou shalt not want.Hear that, George!? 

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Our would-be masters want to erase the idea of God consciousness. If we are just animals, they (not God) will shape and control us.

I wish George were more like a horse. Horses are vehicles by nature. They are graceful, peaceful and take direction.

I think God would like us to be more horse-like.  It's a step toward becoming more like Him!


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Comments for "Cohabiting with a Monkey"

Andrew said (July 17, 2012):

Just read your cute curious george monkey primate monkey article dated June 24. I think the animal(monkey) couldalso be a metaphor for our EGOS as we continually self monitor to try to keep them in check and healthy.

Additonally i like the way you said that a peaceful horse would be a better animal to strive for like in Picassos famous Guernica painting(the fascist bull crushing the peaceful horse). Additionally if i may suggest instead of a horse(based on reality) i would suggest the fantasy animal of a "unicorn" = a one hormed horse unleashed in the imagination and representing christ conciousness i think would an even better metaphor than either a darwinistic monkey or real horse. BTW did you know that Frederich Nietzsche lost his mind when he witness someone flogging a horse in the street?Did you know that Poet and lyricist Jim Morrison was a fan of Nietzsche and by the way created this as poetic imagery in one of his songs. BTW Great Inspirational Article!!


Eric said (July 6, 2012):

Thanks for writing this article and sharing the struggle.

The popular culture wants us to accept this monkey and not only accept but embrace the monkey.

Your article is a breath of fresh air.

I like the statement: "Apparently, the Creator has chosen this method of self-expression: Inject Himself into a higher Primate and hope the seed will grow."

It helps to know other men have the same battle.

It seems our society wants to "hyper-sexualize" everything. They know if they keep us in fantasy land, they can control us.

Reminds me of the commercial "It's my money and I'm not going to take it any more".

In other words, "It's my brain and body and I'm not going to take it any more."


Mariel said (July 6, 2012):

Gregory, I find that Henry is right. We have a body which is a vehicle. We have a spirt/soul which inhabits it.
You cannot expect the body to easily relinquish the "brainwashing" you say you have undergone. It will fight.
The concept that we have a battery of angels ready to fight for us when we resist temptation to be "George" is
a wonderful thought--and sadly the opposite may be true, that there are demons waiting to help us get on with
the George-agenda.

I believe we must remember that our bodies, including brain, are going to sin because it is built in, but this can
be made less with effort and prayer. It will never completely go away--the brainwashing of childhood, friends, and school
will always intrude, at least in my long experience. But Jesus "paid the price" to forgive us for these George
times. And we will be set free by Him when He comes to do so--free at last! We may still look a little like
George in Heaven, though, so we can recognize each other until we get used to sublimity. Just my imagining about
what Heaven will be like--and deliverance from George.

Pax,


Dick said (July 6, 2012):

Thanks for this reflection. It's a great way to put the duality any
"truth seeker" struggles with. I think the more you embrace the
spiritual realm, the more sharp is the contrast to the bodily
realm, and the more guilt, anxiety, temptation, etc. any person's
"monkey" will want to indulge in.

As Christ said, "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this
little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

Sometimes when my monkey gets out of control, I like to read the
haiku of Kobayashi Issa, who is very childlike, and helps free my
mind from my passions:

The blossoming plum!
Today all the fires of hell
remain empty


Brian said (July 6, 2012):

Since time immemorial this Earthly realm has been the 'devil's playground. The fundamental reason for this depiction goes right to the heart of what has been the 'field' of our experience. This has to do with what we call "matter" being in an EXCLUSIVELY physical state, as opposed to its true state of spirit whose reality COULD be of a 'physical' nature.

To actually realize ourselves as spiritual beings, and properly define "spirit-uality" infers an understanding that through our power of intention we, and we alone determine the nature of our experiences. Experiences which are not BOUND by the controlling illusions of space and time.

This is what's being remembered by those who have "eyes to see" and "ears to hear".


Serena said (July 6, 2012):

Was this 'George' Darwin speaking? A flawed anal-ogy if ever there was one although 'we' are being 'made' in 'their' image through the ingestion of edjewcation and media monkey-see-do bombardment.

I've lived among many primates, most of them women. Endless wants and imagined needs to the obliteration of others right to just 'be'. As for horses, they are not 'vehicles' Henry; they are born wild and free, increasingly in nothing more substantial than a train of our imaginations, a symbolic gesture of how they once were prior to domestication/enslavement.

Nature is our teacher from which we can draw a myriad of examples from which to choose an appropriate guideline for our relationship to life, partnering, procreation. Some men are happy seahorses; deriving deep satisfaction from nurturing their young whilst their lady seahorse rides the waves of opportunity to further the specie. Others are lions, happy to kill the young of another in order to further his own genes, regardless of the heartbreak caused the lioness and all her hard work of rearing. Between these two extremes are endless variations.

We are what we choose to be but there are consequences to such narrow and inappropriate choices for, as the pinnacle of biological achievement on Earth we are, at best all of these things and none in particular.

If we lived like certain specie of birds, mating for life, building safe nests, protecting our young from predators and the dedication of feeding and training, we wouldn't be in this mess.


Peter said (July 6, 2012):

John is completely wrong to ascribe such importance to the body and relegate the mind (or more accurately the seat of consciousness) as being inferior.

It would be comforting to think, would it not, that we are the sum of our parts but in this world we clearly are not since the greater part of ourselves is hidden by the veil of blindness provided by this human vehicle with its vaccinated bastardized functionality.

Devoid of willful expression in spiritual realms from whence all
reality emerges we stumble through life like the flotsam and jetsam of some awful disaster never being able to pull together the strands of understanding enough to discern an appropriate course.

Well that is all about to change. An approaching Superwave of Enormous power is entering this Solar system and has already alerted us to its proximity via imaging provided by IBEX, Chandra and other satelites.

Already the Bow wave of the Heliopause has ceased to exist. The latest IBEX update confirms this. When this energy arrives here on Earth in late December it will activate the long dormant DNA in our fleshly vehicles and we will remember who we are.

Latent abilities will also become active for many so it will help to
keep an open mind.

GET READY FOR A SURPRISE

"something Magnificent will happen and Many Spirits will return to the Stars"
see www.paneandov2012.com for more on this Namaste.


Richard said (July 6, 2012):

Our inner monkey has been quite a co-pilot on this proving ground/ field of folly. Despite the base insanity,somehow we are still here.

To Gregory, below, your words and pain echo my own sadness, joy, and wonder at the immensity of what surrounds us.
Oddly , I was studying Matthew 23-24 last night intently.

I wish I could say it gets easier every day... but that doesn't seem to be the Hand we are dealt. We are the survivors, and witnesses, and I pray that each of us can make a difference, even if it's helping someone along the road, to leave this place having somehow made a difference.


John said (July 6, 2012):

In your article, "Cohabiting with a Monkey", you wrote:

"As you have probably guessed, George is an animal that has served as a vehicle for my consciousness for some 62 years."

Your "animal" is every bit an expression of your essence as is your mind, or any other aspect of yourself. With out your body, which includes your brain, you wouldn't even have a "consciousness," which is why bodies exist in the first place. I am sure that there is a reason why men find women compelling, for it they did not, the race would cease to exist. Your essence is to be found in your totality.

To suppose you mind is superior to your body is pure hubris. Our minds get us into all sorts of trouble, such as the construction of nuclear reactors, of which we have enough to make the planet uninhabitable for many thousands of years, and likely will. And it is only hubris that allows us to think that we can control these monstrosities.


Art said (July 5, 2012):

This is in relation to the Curious George article, and the response by Gregory.

I spent my Fourth of July doing a bit of research about Satanism in Hollywood. Along the way I happened upon a video that ,for some reason, really resonated with me. I cannot really explain it ... all I can say is that I "know" it to be more truth than error. For Gregory, it's important to understand that his realization of the situation he finds himself in is what brought him here for answers (does that make sense)? He has made a conscious decision (free will) to NOT accept the world around him as the absolute truth, so he is permitted a level of discernment to help answer his question. He chose to "fight" against an unseen force that is more than happy to keep his eyes closed to the truth.

When we "choose" to resist temptation, we have a whole army of angels specifically appointed to fight on our behalf. If we choose not to resist temptation ... we get the opposite (possession). It's free will .... we just cannot comprehend what goes on behind the scenes when we exercise it. We simply need to understand that we are never alone, even though what we see in this morally polluted world all around us seems to indicate otherwise. The eyes deceive ... yes?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wivgDck1l88&feature=related


Anthony Migchels said (July 5, 2012):

(For Gregory)

Two truly wonderful little booklets exist, that guide the seeker to the Spirit within. They are called 'God Calling' and 'God at Eventide'. They have down to earth, daily practical advice on how to live in the Grace that Christ came to offer.

They have done more for me than anything else and I would like to heartily recommend them to Gregory below.

The texts can also be found on-line at http://www.twolisteners.org


Christine said (July 5, 2012):

(Note to Gregory - below)

When Adam and Eve committed Original Sin, it left a stain on our souls that is erased by Baptism. As punishment for that sin, we all struggle with concupiscence, or a strong will to do evil, particularly with regard to impurity.

The Saints became saints by overcoming concupiscence through the practice of mental prayer. Meditation, or mental prayer, is the practice of silently meditating on sacred scripture, spiritual writings of the Saints, and other great spiritual writers like Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ.

St. Teresa of Avila practiced mental prayer by reading a little, and then silent prayers of adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication. Mental prayer produces peace of mind and clarity of thought.

St. Teresa said that "The devil knows that he has lost the soul that perseveringly practices mental prayer." Gregory, if you want peace, keep seeking God in mental prayer and the rosary. Pray it every day.


Gregory said (July 5, 2012):

I am a young man from Zimbabwe who came down here in South Africa to look for opportunities since my
country could not offer me any. As l look around myself and the world at large, l can't help but realize that all
of humanity is reeling in an iron clenched fist of evil. I read your articles every now and then and they add up to
what l see around me and relate to on a daily basis especially in a third world country like South Africa.

I was born into a Roman Catholic family, my grand parents were both active and devoted Catholics. Being an open minded person has enabled me to realize that not all I have been taught both at school and by my grand parents is not true, from vaccinations, AIDS, God, Catholic faith, homosexuality etc

I find myself suffocating and drowning in all this crisis that the world is in today, I WANT TO FIND GOD AND BE SAVED, I have the will power but l just cannot seem to shake off the brainwash l find myself in. I know there is God, I read my King James Bible because l now know that Satan is busy tempering and perverting the Word of God.

My question to you is, how do l shut off the world and ask God to have mercy on me and touch me? I need help, l can feel it and sense that there is a spiritual war out there. I want to belong to the good and even if l will not make it to heaven, l want to be part of the drop in the sea that will help enlighten the masses about the deceptions we are warned of in Matthew 24 2-7.

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
(Matthew 24:3-7 ESV)


Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at