Is Social Darwinism a bad thing?

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    3 years ago
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    C S PEIRCE, that American Aristotle:

    The Origin of Species of Darwin merely extends politico-economical views of progress to the entire realm of animal and vegetable life. The vast majority of our contemporary naturalists hold the opinion that the true cause of those exquisite and marvelous adaptations of nature for which, when I was a boy, men used to extol the divine wisdom, is that creatures are so crowded together that those of them that happen to have the slightest advantage force those less pushing into situations unfavorable to multiplication or even kill them before they reach the age of reproduction. Among animals, the mere mechanical individualism is vastly reënforced as a power making for good by the animal's ruthless greed. As Darwin puts it on his title-page, it is the struggle for existence; and he should have added for his motto: Every individual for himself, and the Devil take the hindmost! Jesus, in his sermon on the Mount, expressed a different opinion.

    294. Here, then, is the issue. The gospel of Christ says that progress comes from every individual merging his individuality in sympathy with his neighbors. On the other side, the conviction of the nineteenth century is that progress takes place by virtue of every individual's striving for himself with all his might and trampling his neighbor under foot whenever he gets a chance to do so. This may accurately be called the Gospel of Greed.

  • 3 years ago

    For sure. Any form of survival of the fittest has little or no mercy to it which is one of the highest forms of goodness.

  • 3 years ago

    A non-existent thing.

  • 3 years ago

    Yes.

    All humans have value and have something to give to humanity, and abusing the poor and coddling the rich has not positive genetic effect on the race.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Yes, its sickening to me and very ignorant to me.

  • 3 years ago

    Yup. And it's also a misnomer which in my eyes is almost as bad as what it stands for.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    All beings are created equal, so if some are better than others in social darwinism, it's false.

  • 3 years ago

    Yes

    it is a misunderstanding of evolution and what is superior.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    You may have heard of it by another name.

    Nazism.

    But the USA tried it years before the Nazis in the US Federal Dept of Eugenics, which went around forcibly sterilizing poor people in the early 1900s.

  • 3 years ago

    Our Intelligent Designer thinks it is.

    Source(s): The God Yahweh our Intelligent Designer and the missing link in the chain of evolution.
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