For those interested in theology, I encourage you to reflect on this perspective on humanity’s distinctiveness among the primates on this planet. That which distinguishes us as human beings is responsible for most things that are wrong on this planet – and most of what we consider to make life worth living. I think this offers a nice perspective that complements one possible understanding of the Eden myth – human “fallenness” is not a condition that we could have avoided. The loss of innocence, independent thought, and even rebellion that accompany becoming a mature human being are part of what makes us human, for better or worse.
One Primate’s Fall is Another Primate’s Progress