George Barnett: Survival of the fittest


Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.

Darwin was right about evolution. Forget for the moment whether we are descended from fish or monkeys. He was right when he talked about survival of the fittest.

We humans have survived because we love to kill each other and we have perfected the ability to do so. We revere people who are violent; gladiators, boxers, mixed martial arts fighters, football players and all of the Dirty Harrys and their like in films.

Those of us who have survived have been those who have been willing, no eager, to wipe out civilizations, American Indians, Latin American Incas, Mayas and Aztecs, African tribes and Middle Eastern cultures. There is no end to Catholics and Protestants killing each other, Muslims killing Muslims of different branches of the faith, and tribes killing tribes.

Even when the Prince of Peace tried to convince us that killing was wrong, what did we do but kill him; and then spend the next 2,000 years killing one another in his name. The best killers become national and world leaders. It is in our genes. Otherwise we would have gone the way of the extinct Dodo.

Alone among all of God's creatures, except perhaps for the common house cat, we kill for sport. We revere weapons, whether they be knives, spears, martial arts weapons, or those very special weapons, guns. We love those great weapons, drone airplanes, that can without detection drop rockets that kill any number of unsuspecting people. Many of those who are killed by drones are killers themselves and deserve destruction, but it only proves the point that the fittest survive.

I would say that we should stop all of that killing, but then, who knows, we might not survive and wouldn't that be a shame.

George L. Barnett lives in Micanopy.

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