I don't think I have ever watched these movies. Until now. We just watched the second one as a family tonight.
I started thinking. There is such a huge mountain of literature, film, art, poetry, songs, etcetera; Where the message is the same. It always comes as a warning to all of us. If you have seen the movies, you know what I mean. If you haven't, I recommend it highly.
We are the apes. Most of the apes are just blindly looking for a reason to live. There are a few with the desire and just enough wit to achieve power over the others. The power comes through story.
"The humans are out there, in the forbidden zone, and they want to kill us."
"We are the chosen ones. The ones who protect the earth from the humans.
The apes are the heroes of their own minds, and the humans the villains. They are playing out their roles on the stage of the world, conquering and killing in the name of ape "civilization."
Then I started thinking about the difference between the herd and the individual. If we take creative, educated individuals, and give them a complex series of problems; and the freedom and responsibility to solve, they more than likely solve most, if not all of them.
On the other hand If you take a large group of people and give them the same set of problems, they will argue and bicker and whittle each other down. The drive for acceptance takes over and they start compromising down to the lowest common denominator. Then it becomes, "policy", or "culture", or "religion."
Then the leaders create the story. To defend our most "noble" and "incredible" creations. When individuals, "prophets," speak up and denounce all of our philosophical darlings, we kill them. Or imprison them. Sometimes we torture them. At the very least we denounce them and isolate them or exile them.
It's civilization baby.
I don't really know how to solve it.
I do know this. Self responsibility and freedom and love are definitely parts of the answer.