When our species developed legs, it was to insure it's survival by being able to live in a different environment. And so, it would make perfect sense that we developed intelligence to continue surviving in different environments. Our bodies in their natural state couldn't possibly survive in the cold arctic. With our tools and know-how, we can now live in places like Canada.
Where monkeys would have died, we have survived.
And so in this era of exponential technological growth, perhaps we should focus our energy and strive to push our frontier. To get another space race, to compete with each other, not to destroy the other but to insure humanity's survival.