In an article on Scientific American Online (“Like Humans, Chimps Reward Cooperation and Punish Freeloaders” by Bret Stetka, August 22, 2016) the following comments were made:
“Although the study only looked at a small number of individuals, the results were telling. In 94 hour-long test sessions, the chimps cooperated with one another 3,565 times—five times more often than they were in competition. In addition, the animals used a variety of strategies to punish competitive behaviors, such as preferentially working with their more communal and tolerant fellow animals.
“When aggression did occur, it was often used to subdue the overly competitive or prevent freeloading, perhaps an even greater affront to the chimpanzee honor code. Attempted thefts by those who did not put in the work were not well received. In fact, the researchers even observed 14 instances in which a third-party chimp—typically one of the more dominant of the bunch— intervened to punish freeloaders. ‘It has become a popular claim in the [scientific] literature that human cooperation is unique,’ study co-author Frans de Waal, a primatologist at Yerkes, said in a statement. ‘Our study is the first to show that our closest relatives know very well how to discourage competition and freeloading.’”
But, wait as minute. That sounds like a moral code being enforced. How can chimps have a moral code without a god to authorize and enforce it?
OMG, you heard it here first! Chimpanzees have their own god!
We know it is not the god of the Jews, Christians, or Muslims because that god has been quoted as saying “I ain’t no relative of no monkey!” So, we can assume that chimps were made in the image of their god and further we can imagine their god, in all of its glory, as an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-beneficent chimp.