Sunday, March 06, 2005

The Devolution of the Human Race, No Less!

What I am about to say may be highly controversial but that is hardly my intention. It is just a thought that occurred to me and I bear no ill will towards my fellow members of the human race. What am I on about? Well, consider the nature and evolution. Many people believe that all of us, animals, humans etc are what we are and the way we are because of evolution and the survival of the fittest. Therefore, how we look, what we are, is deemed by natural selection to be the most appropriate for the survival of our species at this given point in time.

My thought is, are we as humans interfering with this natural selection process? Consider what we as humans in our supposedly “enlightened ways” are doing in assisting the mentally handicapped, or those with hereditary diseases lead as normal lives as possible? How about legislation allowing women to be surrogate mothers of homosexual couples? How about even helping those with poor eyesight to use spectacles? Essentially, have we, as members of the human species considered the implications of enabling individuals that have the propensity to weaken the gene pool to survive and breed and pass on those genes to the next generation and the next? (…I told you this would be controversial…!) Is it possible that by doing so, we could be sowing the seeds of our extinction? Far fetched? Perhaps but even if I am correct, it will not be for millennia to come.

The more important point is, does it not make sense? Natural selection weeds out the weak and enables the “strongest” or most resilient genes to propagate itself thus strengthening the gene pool. Our “enlightened” approach turns all this upside down! Of course, some argue that this is what makes us human and separates us from the animals. So, it is possible that the actions that are supposed to separate us from the animals may truly “separate” us from animals by destroying ourselves….!

In my view, as long as we are aware of the possible implications of what we are doing and we accept that, then go ahead. Indeed, to help others knowing it could eventually weaken our species is probably the most noble and selfless thing we can do. Anyway, none of this will happen in our lifetimes and we will see the trend long before our extinction. I am therefore happy to pass this burden of consideration to future generation of people…


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