Gorilla and Man

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Last night I was watching the world strongest man competition, I noticed most of the elite athletes are from Europe, and they are all of anglo race. They are extremely genetically unique, all are large and powerful, and wondered how will they measure up with one of our closest primate.

Almost all the athletes are well over six foot tall, and weighed over 350 lbs, they were twice the size as an average person. One of the largest is Hafþór Björnsson, an Icelandic athlete, standing close to seven feet, and weighing over 400 lbs ! Only our closest primate comes close to matching this impressive size, a silver-back gorilla.

Let’s imagine if we had neanderthals, and erectus still alive, we probably would have a similar strongest ‘hominid’ competition, no doubt the neanderthals would have won. However this also depends on the ‘type’ of activities to measure ‘strength’, because it will be difficult to measure for each body type, some activities will favor long arms whereas other activities the reverse. In a similar way, it’s unfair to match up an elite athlete with either a captive or wild gorilla, simply because the animal isn’t professionally trained to carry out those tasks.

A gorilla is naturally very muscular, even captive gorillas look like they are body builders, an average person will not be bulging muscles, without a specific work ethic. In some way, a wild gorilla that has proper nutrition, and has enough physical tasks in the wild, can be tested for strength with a professional human.

Competitors in the competition are all very large but without professional training, nutrition, motivation, can they measure up with our large primates, most probably not. However, this should have been tested years ago, scientists, entertainers should have envisioned it before.

East or West

One of things that I like doing is taking pictures of places that most people don’t bother to look. In the early morning whenever I got out to explore Bali, I was exposed to the beautiful ritual by women, who wore traditional dress and offer their blessings for a good day.

While on the right side of the picture, an anglo women is wearing a neck pillow, with shades and snoring her way to another country, these are two very contrasting pictures. One women appears spiritually in peace, devout to her culture, religion, customs; whereas the other one is discontent, uneasy, devoid of any life. Every time I would walk past the road the local women would acknowledge my presence, greet me with a smile, while an anglo woman didn’t ever bother to manage a smile.

This made me question about how critical the culture plays in shaping human behavior, obviously there are genetic differences, however it cannot take hold of how people would conduct themselves in an environment with unlimited behavioral possibilities. Any nation, society, group will fall into chaos without a proper culture, as can be seen from the picture above. Even though the western girl is travelling at the speed of sound, thousands of feet up in the air, exploring continents, she is devoid of any spirituality, happiness, connection with the outside world.

Often times I wonder how much romantic consumerism is infecting people with ideals, one doesn’t necessarily need to hop from one place to another to feel ‘ecstatic’, as touring places I found many people who never traveled outside their own country yet they were full of joy.

Without a proper decent culture and spirituality, any nation will fall into chaos, it’s society will not function, it’s structure will crumble, in it’s weakness another conquering culture will take over as can be seen in the world.

Superstars in East

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As they walk around, heads turn, wherever they go it appears they are being hounded by paparazzi. Cars, buses, locals stop going about their business and stare at this species. Western foreigners know what’s it like to be in this environment, as described in this blog.

First of they are physically so different, they are extremely tall compared to the average height of south asians, an Anglo woman is of the same height if not taller than most guys here, they obviously tower over the local women here. Their blonde hair with fair creamy skin makes them ‘glow’ in the sunlight, so people notice them in contrast to the surroundings they are in.

Most locals easily hit on foreigners, this is due to ‘sexual novelty’; homo sapiens are one of the most sexual novelty creatures, and no doubt they mated with ‘Neanderthals’ it’s gene passed on to Anglo-Saxon people. Interbreeding with different races is nothing new, it has happened thousands of years ago, and will continue to happen, the difference is the rate of changing demographics is really quick.

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In a globalized world, trade and commerce are bringing people ever closer to one another. Most multinational companies are expanding to different corners of the globe, and this leads to more interbreeding between different races. Having a foreign spouse is like status symbol, especially if the partner is white. In India, due to caste structure, upper class people prefer fair skin partners, and having a foreigner is an achievement.

For foreigners this is like a totally different experience, ordinary in their own country, they feel extraordinary when abroad. Physiologically opposites do attract, the issue here is the culture and mentality, people from two different cultures may clash, but being a superstar is fun.