July 20, 2020What's New
With the rapid and very deadly advent of COVID-19, it has been reported that certain subpopulations within our society are more vulnerable as to morbidity and mortality. The deaths in the nursing homes, the elderly, prisoners, people with concomitant diseases and the poor, show that Darwin in a certain sense was right when he said
One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die. - Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species
However, as human beings, we do have alternatives to the Ill-conceived notion of Social Darwinism - basic notion of survival of the physically fittest. Humans need to better define fittest. We have the ability, which we share with other species, to evolve socially, so that those most vulnerable amongst us, even though they may be viewed as physically weak, offer other traits which make an individual and a society strong. Think of the theoretical physicist Steven Hawking who was diagnosed with ALS in 1963 at age 21. If we only lived by the dogma that the physically strongest live and the physically weakest die, then all the physically sick intellectuals and disabled leaders like FDR would be left to die, and all the bullies of the world, most of whom are mentally weak and emotionally disabled, would take over.
So what we are seeing now are 2 evolutionary forces at work. One is the killer battle with SARS-CoV-2 which we are fighting with all that we developed over time using our brains rather than our brawn. The second is a selection process using social and political pressures, and ultimately the power of WE THE PEOPLE, to select and elect leaders, who value life and all that it brings, rather than those who only believe in themselves in a zero-sum game society.
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