The reason why the cute little guy was in the Ikea store in the first place was because he had been left in a parked car and had let itself out in order to go on a little walk. Though it would be odd enough to have an escaped monkey wandering around an Ikea store wearing a stylish coat and diapers, journalists have further determined that monkey pets aren't legally allowed in Toronto and Yasmin's relationship with Darwin is a bit bizarre on a few different levels.
Journalists uncovered a video showing Darwin and Yasmin brushing teeth together that was filmed prior to the Ikea incident. However, this type of tooth brushing technique is actually damaging to teeth and gums - not a good example for monkey see-monkey do. And, when asked by a journalist in a separate interview, "Did you know when you got him that it wasn't legal to have him?" the answer was basically, "You are told to keep it low profile."
In an ABC news video clip, Yasmin said, "He belongs with his mother, He's not just some monkey, he's my son!" Of course, she does not mean that Darwin is literally her son, simply that she is literally attached to him emotionally as a son. In any event, when asked about little Darwin's place in the family, animal experts advised against this type of live-in relationship. Jack Hannah emphasized that monkeys gradually grow up and can become dangerous. This type of pet ownership is not a good idea for a number of reasons:
1. Purchasing illegal pets helps support a ruthless black-market animal-related economy.
2. Cute little baby monkeys become dangerous to others and house wreckers when they are mature.
3. Particular species of monkeys, such as this rhesus macaque, are highly prone towards spreading diseases.
The ABC interview outlines how Yasmin slept with Darwin, took showers with him, and how he spent a great deal of time living on her back. She has had a monkey on her back in more ways than one, it seems. She was emphatic in explaining that she and Darwin would be back together by Christmas, in time to celebrate the holiday together, and even bought some special clothes for the occasion:
"These are his clothes I bought for Christmas. I'm going to get him and he's going to wear it."
The search for significance
Yasmin has a fairly high intellectual capacity. She is a real estate lawyer. Though she understands that laws are important, however, she has broken a law in harboring an illegal pet. Even so, she is certain that Darwin will be returned to her so that they can share special holiday time together as a family. Somewhere along the line she has lost touch with reality. She is most likely not going to spend Christmas with Darwin. She is not going to co-habitate with Darwin again in her home where she lives. It's not going to happen. How did she end up in such a state of desperation becoming co-dependednt with an illegal exotic monkey? The answer to this question may trace all the way back to her childhood.
Though a monkey surrogate mother has been provided for Darwin, named "Sweet Pea," Yasmine still believes that she would be a better surrogate mother. When she said, "He's not just some monkey, he's my son!" This could perhaps be paraphrased as, 'Darwin is significant because he's my son.' The sum total of her actions and words say something more like, 'I'm significant because I'm Darwin's only mother.'
Both her words and actions signify that Yasmin has some codependent tendencies with the monkey. A codependent attitude is noted when a person needs to be needed in order to have a sense of basic meaning in life. Melanie Tonia Evans has summed up a motivational aspect of co-dependency:
"Co-dependents feel empty on the inside and try to fill this emptiness with things’ outside of themselves. They are personally dis-empowered in this state."
When my young kids saw the videos of Darwin in Ikea, they thought they were funny. But when they saw Yasmin kissing Darwin on the lips they sensed there was something a little off. Some have taken animal relationships to even deeper extremes. The popular atheist blogger, PZ Myers, for example, claims that "Nothing must be held sacred." And when confronted on the question of bestiality, he claimed, "I don’t object to bestiality in a very limited set of specific conditions," but Myers has yet to clarify what these specific conditions would be, though asked a number of times to respond. Most people consider this type of behavior bizarre and immoral because it is believed that a moral boundary line is crossed in this type of activity. But, for some reason, perhaps his atheist stance, Myers feels a need to defend this behavior.
Some people are in a state of denial in that they wish for reality to be a certain way, but they cannot logically reconcile specific attributes of life with their worldview. Richard Dawkins, for example, has offered blatant falsities about Darwin, the historical one, apparently in an attempt to try and justify his own worldview. When people feel a need make illogical statements or to justify immoral behavior in order to defend their worldview, then one has to question the basis of that worldview. Though many of the Ikea Monkey Internet memes are quite funny, the underlying reality about Yasmin's sense of meaning in life is not so funny. It's kind of tragic. When the ABC news journalists described the possible diseases of macaque monkeys they advised people to stay away from Darwin because Darwin could be dangerous. In a similar manner, ascribing to atheistic materialism because of Darwin can be dangerous. Not that one necessarily must follow from the other. Contrary to what Richard Dawkins teaches, Charles Darwin believed that God was responsible for life on Earth. In any event, I pray that Yasmin gets the monkey off her back and finds true significance of life in Christ this Christmas. Her situation is complicated because she is neglecting a very simple answer, the central truth of life. The following are some small images of the Ikea Monkey meme noted on the Internet, including, "Start the car" and "I was supposed to pick up Carl" and the Ikea Monkey with a top hat.
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