The Danger of ‘Survival of the Fittest’ in Society

How ironic is it that it’s the same extremists who deny science and Darwinian evolution that are all for Social Darwinism, a dark, nihilistic philosophy that holds that higher values like empathy and altruism are weaknesses to be eradicated. Only sociopaths and psychopaths need apply. Social darwinism can only lead to one thing: mass extinction, not only of humanity, but of all life on earth.

Without empathy and caring for each other, as a species we would have self destructed long ago. It’s an important survival requirement.
Even animals have empathy. Without it, we will sink into barbarism and eventual extinction.

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Social Darwinism: A Misappropriation of Natural Law onto Human Society

I recently had a conversation with a co-worker about the nature of human society. Was it progressing or regressing? Was it working just fine or was it broken beyond repair? Where are we headed? He had more pessimistic predictions than I did. To make a point during the discussion, he brought up the movie Idiocracy, a 2006 movie about a man who was frozen in a hibernation experiment, and as the Wikipedia article on it summarizes, “only to awaken 500 years later in a dystopian society where advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant and that is devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights.” Is that where we are headed, as he argued?

My coworker also brought up Social Darwinism to explain his point of view. Humans have stopped living competitively…

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2 thoughts on “The Danger of ‘Survival of the Fittest’ in Society

  1. Last night, I saw a video by Andrew Breitbart in which he called Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn “sociopaths.” For those who don’t know, they were leaders of the Weather Underground. Hardly social Darwinists. My point is leftists call rightists “sociopaths” and rightists say the same of leftists. But we are to be found on both sides of the Ho Chi Minn trail

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