Wednesday, April 05, 2006
I hope Yrautca doesn't mind, but he posted this the other day, and I responded to it, but it was kind of far down on his blog and mine and somewhat fragmented, so I consolidated. Here's what's been said so far,
Yrautca posted -
Back in 1999, I was finishing my MBA and although I had had almost five years of working experience, in retrospect I was naive. I admit that at the turn of the century I was under the impression that the 21st century would be without war, that human beings would come together as a community, help and love each other, nobody would ever sleep hungry or in pain again. Surely the 21st century had the promise to bring forth an enlightened human race. So when our president declared war, I could not believe it for the longest time. I have always been a pacifist but to witness a war after the year 1999 was like blasphemy to me. Like I said, I was naive.
I don't understand my life. I don't understand the world. I tend to think a lot about what it all means. Sadly, I have come to the conclusion that human beings are not meant to exist in a state of harmony and peace. No species is for that matter. It broke my heart at first but now I have accepted it. We all take our time to come to terms with the reality.
Wikipedia describes a molecule called the replicator that came into existence at the beginning of life on earth. "This had the bizarre property of promoting the chemical reactions which produced a copy of itself, and evolution proper began." The funny thing about this molecule was that it competed with other molecules and promoted its own kind, sometimes at the expense of other molecules. This theme is all too obvious in the theory of evolution. Survival of the fittest is a fancy phrase to describe the process. Basically, its annihilation of the weaker. What doesn't look like you must be beaten in the race of survival.
Millions of years of evolution and we are still living, and dying, by this one principle. No matter how hard we try and convince ourselves that we can all live in peace, it is not possible. We are not programmed that way. Socialism is not a part of the software called human species. Its not in our Operating System.
In today's day and age this translates into a battle of races and religions. My race is better than yours and I will make sure that I survive and you don't. My god is better than yours and I will kill you in his/her name. This will go on. We will never see a peaceful earth.
One thing struck me when I was thinking about this. Evolution theory is a racist theory. Intelligent Design is a socialist theory. I found it very interesting that most liberals would subscribe to the theory of evolution and most conservatives would embrace Intelligent Design. After all Intelligent Design is synonymous to the existence of god. Yet, most liberals are socialists and most conservatives are not. How does one explain this apparent conflict of ideas?
I reached the conclusion that people use god to further their own cause. God, in his/her current shape and form, is an instrument for the advanced replicator - the human being. All religions preach peace and harmony but today's world is an obvious proof that god has become merely a tool for one race to subdue and eventually annihilate another race. See, evolution would make a case for the survival of the fittest race and Intelligent Design would make a case for coexistence. Yet, those who believe in Intelligent Design and in god as an extension of it are the very people responsible for waging wars against those with a different god. In the end, their idea of god just feeds their own ego and gives them an excuse to replicate their own kind and eradicate all other molecules, species, and humans. If you are a socialist, an atheist, and a believer of the theory of evolution, you essentially believe in racial and ideological superiority of one people over another. If you are a religious conservative, in principle you should believe in coexistence but in practice you feel superior to those who don't believe in your version of god. Such is the hypocritical state of existence of us humans.
Then I replied in his comment section -
What makes you think that evolution theory is racist? I don't understand. Darwin shied away from applying evolution to people at all and nobody in their right mind would argue that different races are different species - so where are you going with the whole racist angle? Please explain.
I agree with you about competition and conflict in society, although I tend to think that the begining of our problems came with the time we left the gatherer/hunter lifestyle and became sedentary and started farming rather than focusing on life in general.
Then he replied in my comment section -
About your comment on my blog regarding evolution, I admit maybe I was too quick to join the dots on race. My mindset was look at Africa fighting for their survival and look at the West unhappy because they dont have an iPod. In the end, one race may survive and the other might not. Maybe one race is more adept to surviving and advancing its own kind. I admit this in itself sounds a bit racist but you can look at the world today and can see some races doing much better than other races.