Natural Selection

You’ve all heard me rant about all of the impossibilities inherent in the theory of evolution, the most damning argument against the theory being the 2nd law of thermodynamics. So I won’t get into that. Besides, if I start in on that topic, all of the non-thinking products of public education will tell me I’m a stupid dumb-dumb head from Kansas.

Instead, I’d like to discuss the readily observable concept of natural selection. Now Darwin used this to explain how critters evolved from one critter to a completely different critter. It’s massively funny to me. That doggone lizard just couldn’t reach the bugs, so he strained and strained, and somehow this ALTERED his DNA to include wings, which was subsequently passed on to his offspring. That’s about as likely as the sun suddenly turning into a giant slice of pepperoni.

The kind of natural selection I’d like to discuss is more along the lines of the Darwin Awards.

There’s an equal and opposite reaction to every action. I believe this is a universal truth. It’s why bad guys always end up getting what they deserve in the long run. Some people call it Karma, but I think it’s more fundamental than that. I think it’s science.

If I smoke cigarettes my entire life, chances are I will enjoy the benefits later in life of cancer, emphysema, pneumonia, and other assorted maladies associated with sucking 200+ deadly chemicals into my lungs 10 times a day. If I drink a lot of alcohol, chances are I will enjoy the benefits of dead brain cells, liver failure, DUI, and possible jail time for manslaughter. If I eat (or drink) nothing but sugar my entire life, chances are I will enjoy the benefits of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

And the list goes on.

People engage in high risk activities all the time, usually under the guise of “fun” or “being cool” or “personal preference.” And that’s fine. Nature has a way of weeding out those who are asking for it.

People are always horrified when a professional football player gets an injury. Sure, it’s sad. But isn’t merely playing football asking for a concussion? I always think “man, I hope I never get a concussion” and then I remember – I don’t engage in activities that result in concussions.

Of course there is risk in our daily activities, even if we don’t engage in dangerous sports or self-destructive behaviors. But to engage in a lifestyle that’s asking for trouble and then complaining when trouble arrives – that’s just stupid.

“It’s so unfair that I got this STD” some people say. Well, if you’re having unprotected sex with anonymous partners… how shall I say this… “DUH.” “But Incredipete, I WAS using protection when I had sex with dozens of anonymous partners!” Hmm. Karma’s like that sometimes, eh?

So what’s my point of all this? Basically this. If you engage in high-risk activities and something bad happens, shut up and deal!

  4 comments for “Natural Selection

  1. March 3, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    For the record, I happen to know TWO women who were virgins when they married (one in her 20s and the other around 30-ish) and who both contracted herpes from their husbands who, apparently, didn’t feel it was an issue to not mention such a minor detail beforehand. It’s all very well to assume that if somebody contracts the virus then it was because they absolutely had to have been promiscuous, but reality is, it only takes ONE partner to pass it on.

  2. March 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Agreed. Cases where another’s bad decisions affect an innocent person are tragic and undeserved.

  3. March 3, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Dinosaurs aren’t in the bible, so how do you explain them?

  4. Incredipete
    March 3, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Leviathan is mentioned in the Bible – what do you suppose that was?

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