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Evolution: The Destruction Of Humanity? Essay

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Throughout human history mankind has seen itself as the most important creation in the universe. The only thing seen as greater than humanity was the gods. This is a common theme that is found in the histories of civilizations, cultures, and religions around the world. Any idea that said humans were different than this or that went against this notion was not only going against these respected institutions it was going against humanity itself. The theory of Evolution was one of the most revolutionary ideas to come forward. It used scientific research to explain how every animal adapted to its’ environment. The controversy of this idea came when Charles Darwin released his book the Descent of Man. In this book he explained how not only animals evolved, but humans diverged from ancient animals as well. This was an ego shattering idea. Religious leaders today still deny the theory, and for good reason. However, I do not think that the biggest reason mankind has had such trouble latching onto this idea is that it goes against their respected religious beliefs. While that has a lot to do with it the main reason people are so against this idea is that admitting it to be true admits that humans are only higher animals. Where Humans used to be the greatest thing in the universe before evolution came along, now they were merely animals who were lucky enough to evolve into intelligent beings. Regardless of whether one believes in the Theory of Evolution, its controversy has affected our view of the meaning of life without the greatness of our humanity.
Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, was the author of On the Origin of Species. In this first book on the theory of evolution Darwin examined and explained how the different species of animals were formed (Darwin Bio ).For instance, he claimed that the reason a tiger had stripes the way it did was to better blend into its environment. A long time ago an aincent version of the tiger may not have had these stripes. Since the environment changed tigers without stripes would get killed easier. Under these conditions a few tigers must have been born with a few stripes on their coat. They were the ones that were fit to survive the circumstances better than the stripeless tigers. Overtime the tiger that is prevalent today is the product of natural selection, where the fittest survive. This idea in itself was not very controversial. In fact much of the scientific community at the time accepted Darwin’s 30 years’ worth of research in different continents around the world.(Darwin Bio ) The reason there was not a huge backlash against this idea at the time was that mainly scientists were the ones who understood and read it. The other reason, and the biggest one, was that Darwin left out his theory of humans evolving from animals. It wasn’t until he released The Descent of Man that governments, religious bodies, and society started to backlash. While the backlash seemed huge, it was overly exaggerated. A vast majority of...

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