“We have decommissioned natural selection and must now look deep within ourselves and decide what we wish to become.” – E. O. Wilson
As a species, humans have been fighting natural selection for some time. I can look at how our gene pool is deteriorating because we are more and more able to save humans who have less desirable traits, without then deciding that those inferior traits (and the people who carry them) need to be eliminated. BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL HUMANS. Still, you should always be able to look at the facts in a situation and discuss them rationally – without being labelled as INHUMAN.
There needs to be a reason to evolve – a carrier or danger to overcome – or the mutation doesn’t stick. This sort of genetic thinking is almost a metaphor for where we find ourselves. Man (as in HUMAN BEINGS) require a certain amount of difficulties – obstacles must be put in our way to keep things from becoming too easy – to keep us VITAL.
My wife was watching a BBC show on the lives of people in the slums of Victorian London, and I got sucked into it. Real twenty-first century people, who think that big government, cradle-to-grave caretaking is perfectly normal (this IS England), are put into this situation to see what it would be like for them. They definitely had it harder than those of us “struggling” in America, and surely harder than the more socialist Brits. Me, I know things were tough, but I bet they were even tougher for that class before the Victorian era. I tend to look at these things and see the progress, and think how lucky we are that we have continued to improve our situation.
But we need the impetus of hardship and problems to keep us moving forward – if things aren’t uncomfortable enough, then we tend to just sit there like the proverbial frog in a gradually warming pot, thinking “No point jumping – this isn’t so bad.” That’s the kind of thinking that might just keep all of us on this blue marble waiting for a final extinction event to bring our species crashing down.
We will always have explorers and pioneers – but it feels like they are a smaller percentage of the human population the more comfortable we get. Do we really have to have an alien invasion, or an asteroid strike, or the descent into some sort of dystopia, to save ourselves from stagnation?
I don’t think so. I have faith in the future of humanity, because I don’t think we can ever breed out the urge to go out there, no matter how easy we make life. And no matter how many problems we solve, there will always be more for us to struggle against. That’s the HUMAN condition
I’ve decided – the next ePublication will be Downtown Blues: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #2, which will contain the novelettes “The Scent of the Crime”, “Killing Them Softly”, and “Hard Times” (that’s over 40,000 words.) This being a collection, there will also be a paperback on Createspace.
Release date is June 2nd, so I better get crackin’!
The “Goddesses” release was last weekend:
A young man lands a seemingly perfect job serving a beach full of scantily clad women. But one should not be too eager to undertake labors proffered by goddesses.
“Goddesses” is a speculative fiction short story; it’s available at various locations, including, but not limited to:
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