I don’t know if you remember Johnny Weissmuller . He was a competitive swimmer . He was an actor , too , later . Played Tarzan .
Me Tarzan , you Jane . We used to say that as kids . We watched Tarzan on the TV. Tarzan the Ape man .
Tarzan of the Apes , the novel , was published in 1914 . Edgar Rice Burroughs was the author .There is a city now , called Tarzana , on the site of Burrough’s former ranch in California . You can make an offer on a nice little starter home there , 6 bedrooms — 8 baths , in Tarzana . They’re asking $ 3, 995 ,000 . 8500 square feet , but if you pay cash you might get a better deal . Make an offer ?
Tarzan , himself , was the son of an English lord . Tarzan wasn’t his Christian name . Evidently, the parents lost him on a journey to Africa . He was raised by apes . I believe that he was later found and taken back to England, but that he found civilization so uncivilized that he decided to return to the wilds of Africa .
I’ve never read the book , but I’ve seen some of the TV episodes . In those , Jane shows up and the original theme dissolves into an emphasis on the ‘Me Tarzan you Jane’ romance . I noticed that there is a cartoon movie out in the last few years . I wonder if the emphasis there is the romance or the disillusion with so-called civilization theme . I suspect the romance perspective takes over .
I could be wrong . Hope I am . It would be nice to believe that contemporary thought has some depth. Nevertheless , perhaps old Tarzan of the Apes was right about the world . We “civilized” people trick ourselves into claiming some higher moral status than others . Oh, we are such first-rate superior creatures ; we know what’s what and how things should be done . Everyone should be like us — or else !
” We will never have true civilization until we learn to recognize the rights of others .” —Will Rogers