Hogwash of course, and these ideas soon provided much embarrassment to Science, especially when the full scale impact of such ideas were put into practice by Adolph Hitler himself to such devastating loss of human life. You see, in much of Science, as with Hitler, man's tendency to pursue achievement and knowledge remains untethered to any sense of absolute morality. It seems that the ends usually justifies the means in Scientific experimentation. It is proffered all to weakly that the benefit will far outweigh the cost in terms of human life in the end, as with human embryonic stem cell research. And, abortion itself, like the slave trade of only a century and a half ago, soon becomes justified as a means justified by the end.
This all brings me to my question, and my line of approach to the quotations I chose from the series of movies. What is man/ mankind? Is man to be viewed as an accident or a part of a grand plan? Can simple events shift the tide of existence? If I am merely an accident recorded in time, and tomorrow may bring into focus a new breed of creatures on some far away planet in a distant sun system, then for what reason have I strived? Why are we?
I think the story of the Planet of the Apes takes a unique vantage point to illustrate through the visages of apes exactly what we are. In the video scene above, you see Charlton Heston giving himself this injection for the 'long sleep' he is to soon join in with his traveling companions. That really is a shocking scenario in and of itself. You have man choosing to live his life at the moments he chooses, storing himself up on a shelf when he wants to save himself for later. It reminds me of the old song, 'I Wish I Was a Teddy Bear,' by Jeannie C. Riley... no actually that was Barbara Fairchild.