lundi 22 juin 2015

Why Evolution is NOT a Fairy Tale for Grownups

First of all, fairy tales per se are not for children exclusively or primarily. It is a recent fashion which stamped them as such. So adding "for grownups" is not necessary. And children are learning evolution too. I started learning it at six, before I came to Christianity three years later. But this was to the lesser red herring. Here is to the greater one.

Little Red Riding Hood has some useful morals. It has perhaps inspired more than one girl to be wary of flattering men trying to get her off her path set by obedience.

It has also very much not inspired any genocide on either Herero or Gipsy or Jew. No sterilisation of Lapps or Amerindians, of Blacks or Esquimaux.

Jack the Giant Killer might one day inspire violence against giants - if ever we see such. And if they behave like the one in the story.

But it has inspired no "dignicide" against priest or military or Czar or landlord or shop owner or Kulak.

Hitler believed in some kind of evolution, whether the Darwin or the Blavatsky kind - or some combination. Galton (who inspired non-Nazi genocides and atrocities of sterilisation) was relative of Darwin and an eager Darwinist.

Stalin at least professed to believe and encouraged belief in precisely the Darwinist evolution - he even wrote he changed his mind on God and Church in seminary while reading precisely Darwin.

Bottom line, heresies do not qualify as fairy tales just because they include counterfactual statements. There is a gigantic difference if a counterfactual statement is in the idea itself someone embraces or as an artistic shorthand illustration he sometimes uses for it. Besides, statements don't automatically become counterfactual just because they remind of fairy tales (it is a heresy to say they do).

Hans Georg Lundahl
Nanterre UL
St Pauline of Nola

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