It has now been proven
in professional laboratories
that the fundamental difference
between human children and chimps
is our need to receive and provoke
praise and response from superiors.
In Africa, a doctor woman
in clear and organized sight
of an unknown chimpanzee,
failed deliberately in her attempt
to connect three connecting tubes
while being observed by her subject.
Immediately subsequent to her failure
she passed the same tubes
across to her observer who without delay
beat them together, threw them across the room,
gnawed on them some and was generally grateful
for the introduction of new toys.
In Germany, at a polished and likely antiseptic
clinic named for the theoretical physicist Max Planck
(a man who had five children of his own after all),
the same exact exercise was undertaken,
but with the role of the chimpanzee
being taken by a three year old German boy.
We shall call him Dieter,
irrespective of his mother’s original wishes.
Dieter is good, plainly hygienic, golden,
but with a serious outlook concerning the world.
Wherever we might have come from ourselves
we can consider him a worthy human representative.
Truth is they could have done a lot worse
and without even leaving Leipzig or Munich,
let alone maybe coming to Texas
or Buffalo, New York or the so many similar
where you might spend a long day in the sandbox
and never meet an object like Dieter at all.
He was silent and watched the doctor woman
struggling with the tubes
until she’d failed several times
and then handed them across the table
whereupon Dieter slid them together
without fuss and looked up to see
how pleased the doctor woman was exactly.
A good experiment and we can guess
where they are going with it, what conclusions can be drawn:
Man can co-operate, take implicit instructions,
learn by example and recognize the value
of impressing those further up the chain.
Dieter is a pleaser.
Chimps like to please themselves
are free spirits, are less likely to consider
the judgment of others and can employ
their imaginations to make the means of entertainment
out of almost anything that might be to hand.
Perhaps all of the bits in these past two verses are true.
However, more precise methodology requires
the experiment to be repeated with an adult
chimp in the woman doctor’s role, with a white coat
and sensible glasses/shoes also perhaps.
How this would alter the first subject’s response
we cannot say; but what exactly would Dieter do?