I just had a conversation with The Secular Nerd about this and thought I’d share my thoughts with you. These are just observations I made, and I am no scientist. Let us know what your thoughts are on this subject in the comments!
“Survival of the Fittest”
If you’ve heard this, you probably think of it in terms of who is physically strong to survive.
Well, let’s have a little example:
Say two people are preparing for a fight, standing a few feet or so apart. Bob is tall, built, very strong, very health. Frank is frail and skinny.
Now if you took those two and said, of course Bob would survive, look at him! He could crush a guys skull with his bare hands!
Now add in a weapon for Frank. Say some kind of gun. Who do you think would survive now?
The problem with “Survival of the fittest” is that it’s turned into “Whoever has the biggest gun and has the best shot survives”.
We don’t fully realize how much our viewpoints have to change in order to adapt to our species evolution. Natural selection can’t work the way it’s supposed to if the weak carry an AK-47.
Those weak genes will just get passed on instead of strong genes. Say Frank in this scenario has some kind of health issue. Nothing life threatening but something nature wouldn’t want passed on to affect their children. Say they we’re fighting for a mate, and Frank wins because hey, he’s got a fucking gun!
Bob would have had the genes necessary to create strong healthy children. However, since the population of Earth is now well over 7 Billion, and overpopulation is becoming an issue, natural selection doesn’t jump in anymore because nature is trying to curb the human population.
If you look at the way nature changes around us, you’ll notice how Humans are very very slow to evolve now. It’s because we’re at the top of the food chain. Other species change around us all the time, to adapt to predators. Humans have an unfair advantage since our brains are more evolved, so we make weapons. Those species in turn slowly change their way of staying alive as Humans fight amongst ourselves.
Let’s hope it never comes to that, though it would be kinda adorable.
Viruses are probably the only other species that have killed as many humans besides humans themselves. Think about that. The Black Plague hit China and Europe, taking out a hefty chunk of their populations. It could happen again.
Nature and humans have always battled each other out to dominate the food chain, and it’s only a matter of time before we either destroy ourselves, or nature does it for us.
I shall leave you with a good quote:
“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
― Charles Darwin
What do you guys think of Natural Selection?