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Kindness and Human Evolution


Credit: Ann Lusch/Flickr/Creative Commons

Credit: Ann Lusch/Flickr/Creative Commons

I was travelling on the weekend, and I learned a hard lesson about air travel. It is so easy to be bumped these days. My flight to another city was bumped to an earlier time, and I was able to deal with that. But I didn’t know if I could get home on time. I walked up to the airline counter and a young woman told me I was supposed to confirm my flight online. If not, I would be charged ten dollars, or possibly not get on the plane. I did not know that, and she told me to take out my phone, log onto the free airport Internet and click “yes” on their website. I had some trouble logging on, and she just told me to just check in, and they would waive the ten-dollar fee.

I should have asked for her name and sent a commendation to her boss.

What she did was simple kindness; she did not have to help me. Kind acts like that send a powerful message. I knew immediately that I would get on the plane with no complications. She would not become a demanding and rude person with a different personality. Her kindness would not suddenly flip to become unkindness. I was safe.

So, thank you young woman at the airport.

Did you know she was wrong to help me? According to evolutionary thinking, only the fittest survive, and that means tough and aggressive people will evolve into superior species, like predators on the Serengeti. I have never really thought about this, but apparently Hitler and Stalin are pictures of our evolutionary future.

I am not making this up. The highly respected magazine Scientific American published an article Forget Survival of the Fittest: It Is Kindness That Counts

We were all taught to be nice as little children, but the author of the study in Psychology and human evolution “Darwinism and neurobiology” has discovered that kindness is now a good thing in evolutionary biology. It’s good to be kind, nice to be nice.

Two quotations from the article are “Because most people equate his name with “survival of the fittest,” it’ll probably be surprising to many that Darwin focused on goodness at all.” and “We so often assume both in the scientific community, and in our culture at large, that Darwin thought humans were violent and competitive and self-interested in their natural state.”

Apparently, these misinterpretations need to be corrected, among evolutionary scientists.

I did not know that.

The evidence for truth, in the Bible, is different. We know something is true by how it plays out at the end:

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them. (Matthew 7: 15 to 20)

Those are the words of Jesus, and they show a philosophical orientation. Darwinian evolution has a completely different orientation ‘always look back.’ Darwin focused on origins, and now all the discussion is about things that happened millions of years in the past, and only that orientation is allowed in the discussion. Darwin wrote about the “origin” of the species. Now it’s like they play their music, and we can only sign their song, and dance their way.

The debate is always skewed. One philosophical orientation rules the universe because they said so. But there is never prehistoric evidence to support a philosophy. For that we have the evidence that Jesus gave us.

I believe ancient prehistoric origins are important to understand, but it is also important to know how a theory or philosophy plays out in the real world. We know them by their fruits.

Did you know Hitler and his Nazi friends were enthusiastic evolutionists, and so were the people who sterilized “inferior” and “less fit” members of other societies, Eugenicists?

Many people have tried to improve the human race by speeding up evolution, in some horrifying ways. The gas chambers or Auschwitz were a tool for human improvement, for some evolutionists.

The article published in Scientific American is an attempt by mainstream, evolutionary scientists, to correct these errors among their colleagues, in the twenty-first century. We are being told to forget “survival of the fittest” and be nice, and that is an embarrassment. These scientists have come around to admitting that Jesus got it right. I’m sure they will disagree with me, but I am sure I got them right.

Here is some hard scientific evidence of the truth:

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. If I give all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love envies not; love flaunts not itself and is not puffed up, does not behave itself improperly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13: 1 to 8)

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2 Comments

  1. James T Foster says

    In my early life I was a Police officer for 10 years. In general all the others in my Dept. tried to help people and go the extra mile in resolving problems or solving a crime. Totally not like that today. Seems the movies and TV shows of what real police were suppose to be an act like took over a long time ago. Even talking to the young officers is foreign to me now. There is no common plane of reference. For sure there is a feeling that these are the generations now who can blank out people and thoughts of caring. They are capable of acts and routines carried out in an almost robotic way. Helping people ? Not very likely, Sad.

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    • smcintos says

      Thank you for the comment James. The big problem with common sense is that it is not very common, and I am sure simple human kindness is in the same state. Every generation has lessons to learn.

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