The Delusion of Being a Progressive

Charles Darwin’s great contributions to human psychology was to make it irrefutable that the human being is just an animal. We have a large and complex brain. We make up stories. We order our society politically. We have discovered cognitive tools such as money, commerce, maths, science, technology which tools have allowed us to become the top predator on the planet, the most successful invasive species, increase our population to exceed the carrying capacity of our natural environment, cause nonhuman species to go extinct, and wreak havoc on the natural systems that sustain us. Then we have the gall to call ourselves wise, civilized, progressive. But what’s the alternative? To externalize the means of our “salvation”?  That seems as ridiculous of an idea as externalizing evil.

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