about? Could this idea of competition we take such pride in be the culprit? I believe It may be.
In nature, there are more examples of symbiotic relationships than competitive ones. Darwin's
"Survival of the Fittest" became "the law of the jungle", which is a misreading of Darwin's
intent. It had nothing to do with competition. It simply meant that through natural selection
the most adaptable organism to the environment would be more likely to survive.
BUT, the Law of the Jungle became the law of the land for capitalistic societies. It made it not
only acceptable for employers to exploit labor, it made it mandatory. Robber barons like
Andrew Carnegie were suddenly freed from the dictates of their religions and conscience to,
obsessively and without obstruction or inhibition, pursue wealth for the sake of wealth. Of
course, this dismissive rejection, not only of the basic tenants of most religions but of the
wisdom of the ages, brought about man's inhumanity to man. Such evils as eugenics and
genocide were seen as a means of improving and controlling the population. While Hitler's
drive for the Aryan Ubermensch discredited eugenics, genocide is on the rise unabated, and in
the mad pursuit of wealth, avarice and envy have given credence to the foolish notion of the
"rugged individualist" in defiance of all the wisdom to the contrary. The irony of all this is that
with all the talk of individualism, we live in a society that insists on a, not so subtle, conformity