Theory of Devolution (by Darth Paul)
I’ve wanted to repost this for a long long long long time now. It’s probably my favorite of all my brother’s blog entries. Too bad he isn’t writing now. And he’s not like me…I keep returning to correct grammatical/typo mistakes I made. Some I’d still catch after the 5th reading, and some I’d catch 3 months later, after re-reading. My brother writes as quickly as he would think. Sometimes my sister and I complain about the depth of his insights being ruined by his Jejenese. (“Ano ba, kuya! Ang tali-talino mo tapos Jejemon ka!”)
Anyway, here are his rather optimistic thoughts about the devolution of the human race. Copy and pasted directly from his blog. I did not edit a single word because the errors, caused by spontaneity, are somewhat charming. 🙂
Theory of Devolution
by Paulo Romeo V. Lapa (a.k.a. Darth Paul)
|Jan 8, ’09 11:08 AM|
“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world.”
– Charles Darwin
The Cambrian life forms ruled Earth for about 54+/- 1.7 million years, Dinosaurs ruled for about 160 million years. Man, however, has been standing upright for 2 million years, thinking for 200,000 yet we are closer to causing our own destruction than any specie that has ever walked the Earth. Cambrian life forms are from single celled organisms, and Dinosaurs are over compensating for having small… brains. It really is disturbing to know that ooz and goo, and pea brained bird/lizards are doing a much better job at managing Earth than us.
In the ancient days, in the savage animal kingdom, one had to be faster, stronger, more fierce, or adapted quicker than the next creature… Survival of the fittest and Natural Selection… No one watches over you, and the trick to surviving would probably be, being able to run faster than your friend. When someone mentioned “King of the Hill” one would be thinking the large Sabretooth running the savanna or the Rex roaming during the Cretaceous. But man does not have a natural predator, we have been top of the food chain, we fear no place or thing, no fear of any animal barging through our homes and feasting on our fat and meat. We are the preditors now: in our drawers, watching TV, eating Cheetos, scratching our nuts… fearsome, “Grrrr”… Yep, cute little bunnies just scampered away in fright.
Since the advent of democracy from the Greeks, number usually has dictated the swing of power. This is because, of course, democracy protects the interest of the many (most of the time). Now, it was not necessarily the strongest that ruled, the weakest in the pack is not necessarily shunned or killed. That means, one could be an idiot, or a danger to the pack, and one would be, almost be assured that no one will tear his jugular. We have actually proven that Democracy is a paradox, we need it for an organized society, but therein lies our destruction. Idiots could band together and elect one of their own (see Erap, Bush). They have strength in numbers, two people with an IQ of 80 will beat a guy with an IQ of 160 most of the time.
And because we are a thinking race, the smartest of our race will be thinking of family planning and being responsible, while short sighted people will be humping like rabbits. This would mean that we would probably have a smart to stupid ratio of about 1:10 in the next 10 years and will multiply exponentially over the years. In a few decades, idiots would be like wire tapping, “its everwhere!”… Its frighteningly inevitable, try telling people of recycling, renewable sources of energy, responsibility, or accountability, and you’d probably get an answer of a fart and a smile.
It all sounds inevitable but I do have another theory. Someday, when we are in the brink of destruction, dying, heaving, coughing, wallowing in our own filth and destruction, we are going to be forced to pick up our mess, fix everything and make sure that we never go through that again. When one looks at it that way, one could say that in a round about way, we are on our way to creating Eutopia.
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