Do you believe in evolution?
Darwin in his book “On the Origin of the Species” describes evolution as the process by which organisms adapt and evolve over time based on environmental factors. The basis of the theory is that all life on Earth is connected and related and that the diversity we perceive today is as a result of successive generation modifications by natural selection where certain characteristics were favored that were better adapted to the local conditions.
Does this not also imply that there is no end state in our evolutionary development, and that therefore we are still all work-in-progress and that some versions of us might be in different stages of development, some less suited to our evolving environment than others and therefore destined for extinction. This is exactly what the Nazi’s thought on their reading of Darwin.
So then how did we come up with the concept that somehow human life is different from all other life forms? The law in most societies recognizes the special status of human life in the framing of judicial penalties for murder and manslaughter. Could we even image a society in which this is not the fundamental building block on which our laws are based?
This is in spite of overwhelming evidence that nothing in our natural world supports this assertion. Life on earth appears to be “unfair” and one of “survival of the fittest” and “eat or be eaten”.
If we look outside the human space for a moment, we see a diverse range of life forms, designed to consume each other. Herbivores have to eat plant life to survive, carnivores have to eat herbivores. Even within the same species the theme appears to be one of continuous contest – survival of the fittest to ensure survival of the species.
The whole concept of evolution is based on the assumption that we are all prototypes, and that therefore most of us other than the best of our species is destined for extinction.
So why suddenly at this point in our evolution do we think that we have reached the pinnacle of our development? That we as homo sapiens are the final state and not merely an intermediate on route to an even more evolved species? That all human life needs to be preserved in its current state above all else?
The only answer I can come up with is that we actually believe that we are different to other life forms and have decided that it should be so. This suggests that in our hearts most of us reject evolution in favor of something more planned and executed by some kind of creator.
How else do we reconcile this interesting contradiction?