Taming Tarzan, King of the Apes
by Berit Kjos <crossroad.to>
"Each of the animators
some animal movement to
analyze and tried to transpose
that movement to Tarzan."1
"Education must prepare the citizens of today to live
and work . . . in a world in which the only constant will be
change."2 (Education and
Human Development, UNESCO, 1993)
"The ecological crisis, in short, is the population
crisis. Cut the population by 90% and there aren't enough people
left to do a great deal of ecological damage."3
(Sam Keen, speaking at Gorbachev's State of the World Forum)
This centurys final ape-man crouches like a gorilla,
swings through the jungle like a monkey, "surfs" down
branches like a teenage roller blader, and follows his benign
feelings like the idealized male of the nineties. What could
be wrong with that?
The title of a New York Times review of the movie summarizes
one problem: "From Darwinian To Disneyesque." The subtitle
continues with this blend of pseudoscience and myth: "In
Tarzans Evolution, a New Theory: The Survival of Nearly
Evolution, of course, can refer to all kinds of changes. In
this context, it refers to Darwins theory and the social
philosophy it inspired. It has become one of three new global
absolutes -- pantheism, monism, and evolution which are
now generally taught as fact in public schools. In our culture,
they now tend to be accepted as fact. Even those who call themselves
Christians are now adapting their beliefs to fit these cultural
trends. Thus God becomes a universal God and the Holy Spirit
becomes a force that fills and guides everyone. Even the Bible
itself must be conformed to the evolving wisdom of our times.
These changes are part of today's cultural transformation,
which receives much inspiration from Hollywood. The entertainment
industry is a vital part of the broad umbrella of visionaries,
managers, and "stakeholders" that have joined forces
to prod and guide the revolutionary paradigm shift--
1. from the Christian world view with its biblical absolutes
2. through the humanist paradigm of relative values
3. into the global paradigm with its evolving global ethic and
a new set of absolutes.
To establish the new beliefs and values in the public consciousness,
our U.S. Department of Education began years ago to encourage
local school districts and community leaders to form informal
partnerships with the media and entertainment industry as well
as with business leaders, health services, churches, etc. Hollywood
has proven more than willing to do its share in this communal
process of "lifelong learning" for all. Earlier Disney
movies such as
The Lion King, Pocahontas,
and Aladdin taught two of the three new absolutes: pantheism
and monism. Tarzan teaches the third, evolution.
Of course, Tarzan never mentions evolution any more
than Pocahontas mentions pantheism and monism. But the movie
bombards the viewers heart and mind with politically correct
images which suggest that:
the product of an ape culture, is more humane than the products
of civilized society, as represented by the cruel hunter, Clayton.
Apes live together in peace like humans, only more so.
Humanity is merely a more highly evolved branch of the ape family.
These suggestions point to the values at the heart of the
new global management system. Remember, when applied to this
process of change, Total Quality Management (TQM) and the consensus
process require that each group member be willing to "respect"
the new ideas, embrace the group consensus no matter how contrary
to one's conscience, and synthesize the new input into an ever
evolving body of "knowledge." Catchy new myths and
strategic images help direct the "evolution" of the
needed "truths" and politically correct mass consciousness.
Some of those myths are dramatically illustrated in Disney's
THE PRODUCT OF AN APE CULTURE, IS MORE HUMANE THAN THE PRODUCT
OF CIVILIZED WESTERN SOCIETY, AS REPRESENTED BY THE EVIL CLAYTON.
Actually, Lord Clayton was Tarzans well-meaning, aristocratic
father in Edgar Rice Burroughs original 1912 novel. In the Disney
movie, he becomes the villain. It fits. To create the new multicultural
global village based on "sustainable development,"5 Western habits of living, thinking,
and consuming resources must be replaced. But first the masses
must be persuaded to give their consent. To speed the process,
old myths and stories must be adapted to fit contemporary needs
and to communicate the new visions.
LIVE TOGETHER IN PEACE LIKE HUMANS, ONLY MORE SO.
Some years ago, while waiting for our youngest son to finish
windsurfing in the bay, I watched a scrawny, crippled seagull
approach a discarded apple core. It looked around anxiously,
then slowly approached the delicacy. But with its first peck
into the juicy treat, it aroused a senseless rage in a large
healthy seagull, which charged toward its weaker brother, dug
its beak into its side, and sent the poor little bird running
for his life. Then, without touching the apple, the bully joined
the flock a distance away.
Minutes later, the sickly bird emerged cautiously from its
hiding place. Limping slowly toward the apple core, it glanced
fearfully to each side for its tormentor. In the distance, the
larger bird watched. When the hungry runt touched the apple,
the bully charged again, pecking the weaker brother until it
bled. Why? Why would this well-fed bird forbid another to eat
the scraps it didnt want? Saddened by such savagery, I
Cruelty reigns among apes and monkeys as well. Those who study
animals see the harsh nature behind the soft fur, brown eyes,
and flattering media images. An anthropologist had been studying
a group of monkeys in Africa for some time when a party of chimpanzees
invaded his safe territory. "The results were devastating,"
he wrote. "During the hour-long hunt, seven [monkeys] were
killed; three were torn apart in front of me. Nearly four hours
later, the hunters were still eating. . . while I sat staring
in disbelief at the remains of many of my study subjects."
Tarzan's ape family consisted of numerous females but, apparently,
only one mature male -- the father of all the ape offsprings.
What happened to all the other males? The movie doesn't tell
us the gruesome facts of nature in the wild.
Are apes, then, evil?
No. Evil is unique to humanity. We alone are given a moral
choice. Unless they are domesticated and trained to obey, animals
are expected to follow their natural instincts. On the other
hand, humans are held accountable to a higher standard. Ignorance
doesn't cancel the consequences for refusing to heed Gods
order. "They are without excuse," the Bible tells us,
referring to those who trade truth for myths and worship creatures
rather than the Creator.
America seems embarrassed to talk about God's standard these
days. We're ashamed of what He calls good, but we "don't
even know how to blush" at what He calls sin. But then,
if we see ourselves as animals, why should we?
MAN IS MERELY A MORE HIGHLY EVOLVED MEMBER OF THE APE FAMILY.
Darwins theory of evolution laid a much-needed foundation
for the return to earth-centered values. Like humanism, it fit
what many already believed. It became an instant hit among intellectuals
who shunned God, because it built a plausible "scientific"
framework to support a myth that people already loved
thus validating it. In other words, the research by genuine and
respected scientists began to merge with prevalent social philosophies
and myths, until the product (synthesis) of this consensus took
on a nature of its own. Thats one reason why creative scientists
could produce full-bodied drawings of "missing links"
from fractions of bones and get away with it. Though unproven
and widely refuted, the familiar monkey-to-man line-up still
continues to spread its powerful visual message from the pages
of classroom texts and respected museum showcases. Remember,
todays "change agents" dont play by the
Most people recognize Aldous Huxley as the British author
of Brave New World. Few know that his brother, Julian, became
the first head of UNESCO, or that his grandfather, Thomas Huxley,
was a key promoter of Darwins theory in the late 19th century.
This theory provided the needed scientific foundation for the
socialist vision: Everything must evolve, and the transformation
must be steered by wise global-minded leaders who share the vision
of a planetary society unified around an evolving set of truths,
beliefs, and values.
To social engineers and their disciples, evolution became
far more than a way to explain the origin of life. Its spiritual
application inspired a utopian hope for more evolved forms of
life in the future. The fact that genuine science cant
verify this useful and manipulative philosophy, doesnt
matter. Just reinterpret the scientific evidence. Blend it with
myth and spirituality. Build an aura of awe and respect toward
an image of a mystical authoritative "Science" which
commands public awe and unquestioning obedience. Conceal contrary
facts, and only publicize evidence that backs the political agenda.
Present animal images that touch our hearts and teach global
values. Give them voice and character that impress us with their
moral integrity and humane wisdom. Blur the line between the
species, and equate traditional views with Western intolerance
and haughty superiority.
It all happened. Since the public has traded truth, facts,
and logic for myths, feelings, and imagination, anything goes.
We absorb the images and information and forget to think
and discern. The results flash like red lights all around, but
the government-media partnership twist the facts into a plausible
rationale and "solution" for yet another crisis. In
the absence of moral boundaries, humans act like beasts -- validating
the view that humanity is merely a higher but more destructive
Naturally, if humans are like animals, they can be trained
like animals. Why not use behavior modification on children?
Why shouldnt schools employ psycho-social strategies to
socialize human resources for a global workforce and the 21st
century community? Why not free our youth to satisfy their natural
instincts, nurture their evolving animal nature, and thereby
fulfill their human potential?
Yet, it doesnt make sense, does it? At least not to
those who still see reality from a Biblical perspective. But
to those who have replaced Christianity with earth-centered absolutes
and evolving values, it makes perfect sense. It all depends on
where you stand, whose counsel you follow, and whom you have
chosen to serve.
The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens;
By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
My son, let them not depart from your eyes
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
For the LORD will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.
If you have already seen the movie, use it as a springboard
for a discussion about the differences between the world's answers
to life's questions (See 1 Corinthians 1:18-24. We'll list more
Scriptures later) and the Biblical creation account. Be sure
you discuss -- using God's absolute truth as your filter and
standard -- rather than dialogue to consensus based on feelings
and opinions. (See Mind
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever
things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things
are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything
praiseworthymeditate on these things." (Philippians
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The Institute for Creation
Answers In Genesis
Answers. Net's Creation SuperLibrary
You may also want to visit our page on creation
Insightful comment by Chris
Stewart: My second grader attends a local
Christian school. For "movie time", they planned to screen
Tarzan, the animated movie. Although I have not seen it, I had a
glimpse of it from a free version of a computer video game. The
character almost exclusively moves in sensual ways and is very scantily
dressed. My objections were countered with "but it's TARZAN; of
course he wears only a loin cloth...". But, if a man (un)dressed
like a male erotic dancer were to come to my door and ask
permission to entertain my 7 y/o daughter by jumping, crouching, and running
in front of her for an hour and a half, does anyone think I would say yes?
I appreciate your movie review. It
is quite deep and I'm certain quite valid. I guess in this
case, I'm not that profound. All I cans see from my perspective
is that it desensitizes children to lewdness, nudeness and lasciviousness.
1. Howard Green, "Xtreme Tarzan,"
Disney Magazine (Summer 1999), p.34-35. Citing chief animator
Glen Keane, who animated Ariel (The Little Mermaid), the Beast
(Beauty and the Beast), Aladdin, and Pochontas.
2. Colin N. Power, Assistant Director-General
for Education, UNESCO, "Education
and the Future."
3. Author Sam Keen summarizing
the Roundtable discussions on "The Global Crisis of Spirit
and the Search for Meaning" at Mikhail Gorbachevs
State of the World Forum, 1995.
4.Edward Rothstein, "From
Darwinian To Disneyesque," New York Times, 7-15-1999.
5. See "Local
Agenda 21: The UN Plan for Your Community."