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Are Our Emotions Conflicting With Evolution?

Jun 13, 13 Are Our Emotions Conflicting With Evolution?

The first time I read anything on evolution, I was glad to know that I was a member of the most revolutionized species, and for the longest time there could not be a better creature than a human. As I grew older and older, however, I realized that we have stunted our growth in the biological time line. I think it all has to do with our emotions and the extent in which we try to preserve the life of others.

Consider the following: In nature, the ones that are not fit to survive simply cease to exist and their genes are not passed on. Whenever an animal is sick, too old to catch up, or too young and weak to fend for themselves, Mother Nature takes them out of the equation. In our species, however, we do everything in our power to keep people alive longer than they would on their own. Now, I’m not condemning medicine, but strictly speaking on evolution and the continuation of our growth as a species, we continue to allow our gene pool to be flooded with an enormous amount of defected chromosomes, by increasing the life span of people, therefore also expanding their availability for their genes to be passed on.

Our emotions have played a huge part in what we try to accomplish every year. This is no different in the field of medicine and technology. Every year millions of people join the medical field or another caring occupation. Out of all of these, most join the field because they want to help people feel better, or they have witnessed a person they cared for die and now they want to prevent others from going through that process. It is a very kind thing to do, but we forget that death is a natural part of our equation as creatures.

Most people, if asked “What is the ultimate goal for human beings,” would say to find a way to live forever. Can you imagine the horrors that would cause in our gene pool? We have already slowed evolution almost to a halt; trying to preserve the same gene pool forever will be disastrous. I actually believe that this character flaw in humans was foreseen by Mother Nature at some point during the buildup of our DNA. Up until now, we have not found a way to crack the code to indefinitely stop the breakdown of our bodies as we age. I sincerely hope that we are never able to hack into our DNA so much, to the extent of interrupting the aging process. Because, even though it would be a great accomplishment for the current generation, the repercussions that would follow would eventually destroy the human completely.

Every day medical students and scientist try to find new solutions to deadly sicknesses and making life possible for those that in nature would never have a chance to live. For example, every day stillborn babies are born; if we were to take survival into the equation, these babies would not be added to the human population. But now we have the power to bring a dead or almost dead baby back to life. And why do we do this? Not because we know the child is going to add a great asset to our current society, but because the parents would be broken hearted.  As great as it is that we can do so, it really messes with the idea of survival of the fittest completely, therefore also messing with our progression into a better species.

I am not saying we should kill off everyone, but I do want to point out that our emotions and the love of others lives has almost nearly completely stopped our evolution. But, we should ask ourselves how much longer our species will survive if we don’t start adapting to our environment instead of making it adapt to us?

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