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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Evolve or Die

Two separate events have me thinking...a discussion with a client who is a family court judge and a National Geographic article on Darwin and the 150yr anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species.
Survival of the fittest, hmm I wonder. The human species is doomed. We enable the weak to survive and reproduce. Drug addicts and violent offenders have children who are predisposed, whether through genetics or environment, to also be violent offenders or drug addicts. These are children who would not likely live without the help of society. Foster care, social services are great for the individual but are they good for the human race as a whole? Are we enabling inferior genetics to survive? What are the implications hundreds of years from now?

Another thought along the Darwinian lines, a species separated geographically(or socio-economically?) will evolve to thrive in their environment. What does this mean for inner-city youth? The tools they need to survive their environment are much different than those needed by prep school kids. If these subcultures are isolated will we evolve into sub-species??

I am not being elitist-I probably would not have made it to reproduction age without medical intervention. I am also the biggest softy in the world, but I've been thinking and questioning the world, questioning normal. Kris


fullfreezer said...

Interesting thoughts. I often work with those people who, in totally NONprofessional language, are swimming at the shallow end of the gene pool. I often wonder how they are doing as well as they do.

I've tagged you for a meme. If you want to play along, stop by and see what it is.

ChristyACB said...

This is a hot topic and one likely to get you dunked in boiling oil with some folks!

Not with me however and, even if it isn't admitted, a lot of others wonder that same thing.

As a scientist in a related field, I had a good education in that area and, unfortunately, you're quite right. Best to keep your kids well educated, responsible and hope the gene pool you offer can help make up for it :)