We are not Great Apes. Anymore than Great Apes are just big Chimps. There is no need to diminish the Human Experience to a degree lesser than what it really is. We are in fact, the most creative creatures on the planet...perhaps therein lies the problem.
Acording to Scientific Research we are Great Apes. Our evolution just differed from our close cousins. Our brains grew and we formed tribes (not just families) and from that we grew into the domonient species on the planet.
But you take away our fancy technology, we are nothing more then apes which can think and adapt quickly. We should be proud of this fact.