"Man is not an ape, but a divine experiment", wrote Grundtvig in 1832 in his major work "Norse Mythology". Every human being born is unique. In what way? Well, because each individual one of us can only live the particular life we have been given. No one else can live it for us - no more than we can live life for someone else. And it is our task to meet the challenge of living life fair and square - not to turn our backs on it.
When Grundtvig talks of apes in relation to man we should not, incidentally, imagine it has anything to do with the theory of evolution. Darwin's "Origin of Species" did not appear until 27 years later. Grundtvig is merely trying to explain what he sees as a crucial difference in quality between ape and man. Apes can only "ape", or imitate what others have already done. Man, on the other hand, is capable of doing what has to be done!
And what, then, is it that has to be done?
Quite frankly, there is no ready answer. Precisely what it is, we each have to find out for ourselves.
That is what the experiment is about!
This is not to be considered in a narrow, individualistic perspective. In fact the world situation as a whole depends on the consequences, which each and every human being takes. Carpe diem - seize the day! We are all living and responsible parts of the ongoing world history.