Editor’s Note: This is a post by Bigfoot Evidence contributor, Damian Bravo, a Sasquatch believer. You can join Damian's group Sasquatch Lives? on Facebook and the group's official page at www.sasquatchlives.com.
I have wondered about how we would truly react if Bigfoot is finally found. As humans we do not have a good track record on how we have interacted with new species, especially with other races like our own. Once the more so-called civilized culture met the other it usually meant disastrous consequences for the less advance race. These encounters had consequences that questioned the ethical and moral interactions with another species.
While doing some research on this dilemma, I came across a movie called Skullduggery that was produced in 1970 by Universal Pictures. The film tackled this question and then some, its view on the existence of a half human/ape like being not only touched the boundaries of the ape versus human debate for those that think Bigfoot may exist, but also brought to light the still fresh racial tensions and political tensions that existed at the time. The movie gave a view on how a group of scientists, a couple of regular guys, and a religious figure viewed their time spent with these Bigfoot like creatures called lovingly the Tropi by one of the main characters and how it changes them.
Naturally we also get a taste of the typical human trait to try to exploit the benevolent beings and use them for their own personal gain and how to some the Bigfoot like creature seemed human and should have civil rights like any other human species. At one point, the movie even goes as far as to ponder the possibility on interspecies procreation. Its view of the ethical dilemma on how we categorize ourselves as humans has been a debate that has raged on regarding the enigma of Bigfoot.
So many questions about this possibility….Is Bigfoot another type of human species? Does the species have language? Is it a sentient being? We could go on and on and on, yet if Bigfoot is real and if we ever actually prove the existence of such a species, how will we separate its human traits from its feral and animalistic traits. We once lived this feral life in our own early prehistoric origins, if they do exist and if they turn out to be another species of Homo erectus, how and who should decide this?
On the other hand, is it possible that we will repeat history and misuse the existence of a possible species that can connect us to our very own origins? Some argue that the existence of such a species would affect politics, religion, and even show that we are no longer alone as a species. Yet ethically and morally, would we do the right thing and if they are found to human, will they be given the rights and protections many primitive tribes that are still around today have?
In the movie Skullduggery, you will find many of these questions with moments that reflect the ethical and moral consequences of our very humanity. The movie, which stars Burt Reynolds and many other famous actors, is actually a gem to watch whether you’re a Bigfoot skeptic or believer and will give you a view of the world if such a species where to exist today. In Bigfoots case, if the species is ever proven to exist by science, I can only hope that we as a species have learned from our past.
We live in a world which has already lost countless rare species by our own ignorance. If Bigfoot is another type of hominoid that exists today, then they are already an endangered species at the brink of extinction. If the species is found and proven to exist, would we help them to continue their existence or will modern man be the downfall of Bigfoot?
Below is a link to Skullduggery starring Burt Reynolds: