There’s something I don’t get.
That would be… evolution. Or rather, Herbert Spencer’s Survival of the Fittest in relation to human kindness. Because according to him, isn’t kindness something we humans would be better off without? Kindness is weakness. Weakness will kill you. Kindness will kill you.
But humans are attracted to kindness.
But kindness will kill you.
If it’s survival of the fittest and this life is it, we should be living it up for all we’re worth. We should admire people who are completely selfish, because if it’s ingrained in us to survive, all that should matter would be ourselves. We would look up to people who are better at surviving, and that means looking up to people who only look out for themselves.
We should be looking up to jerks. The people who cut in line, the people who abuse power, the people who break any and every rule to get to where they want to be.
But we don’t.
Society doesn’t run smoothly when everyone only looks our for themselves. Why should we care about society, then? Technically, shouldn’t we not care? It isn’t about the man next to you; it’s about survival, about pushing anyone who’s in your way so that you come out on top. Why should I care about the crying kid lost without his parents? How does it benefit me?
Yet even though the kind should die, we find ourselves attracted to nice people. I don’t know about you, but to me, this seems to go against survival, logic, and everything we think we want. I mean, I guess if we’re all about survival, we like it when people are helping us to survive, but I just don’t see why anyone should bother being nice if getting out alive is all that matters. I don’t see why anyone would be insulted when people call them mean and selfish… if survival of the fittest is how it’s supposed to go.
Sure. Maybe the kind will die early. Everyone knows that if you’re trying to survive a zombie apocalypse and your friend is wounded, you’re supposed to ditch him/her to save your own sorry butt. And since the whole situation is theoretical anyway, hey, we’re cool with it. But if you ditch your friend right now even when it’s not a life-or-death situation, people think you’re a complete jerk and don’t respect you.
The world is sending us mixed messages. Should we be totally selfish, or should we not?
Well. It’s supposed to be every man for himself. Put yourself first. Kill your sense of kindness or it will kill you. Shoot down the weak or be shot down yourself.
That’s so disgusting. Heck, if that’s life, we shouldn’t be attracted to heroes who sacrifice so much for everyone else; we should be disgusted by them instead of the scumbags who step on the bodies of the fallen to reach the top first. We should admire scammers for cheating people instead of remembering people like Mother Teresa or Gandhi. We shouldn’t care when our world is so messed up that there are shootings everywhere that kill even children.
We should only look out for ourselves because the kind will die and no one else will care for us.
But. We. Don’t.