Evolution and Ecology
By: Brooks A. Mick
Has anyone else noted the implied conflict between evolution and ecology?
On the one hand, those who strenuously tout evolution and decry Biblical creationism claim that man simply evolved from lower creatures and would thus simply be another part of nature. As a “natural” part of nature, then, it should follow that man’s construction of the Hoover Dam is as natural as a beaver’s building a beaver dam. Man’s construction of a condo on the shore of a lake is as natural as a beaver’s constructing a beaver lodge in a pond. Man’s cutting down trees to build homes is as natural as a beaver’s gnawing down Aspen trees to construct his lodge. But NO! While maintaining that man is just another animal, evolved, perfectly natural, the same folks who stick rabidly to this theory will then, contrariwise, maintain that man’s actions are NOT natural and that they should be suppressed or forbidden as unnatural. When a man shoots an elk and stocks meat in his freezer, it’s somehow not a natural act, but when a wolf pack brings down the elk and feed the pack, that’s natural!
The contradictory beliefs that must be maintained to allow the liberal mind to hold both views simultaneously would do the Red Queen in “Alice in Wonderland” proud: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Those liberals–and it is mainly liberals who hold to the evolution-ecology dichotomy–would thus maintain that mankind is NOT natural, not a legitimate part of nature, and not to be allowed to act as his nature dictates, and yet deny that there is anything special or different about Man as opposed to other animals. Thus there attitude toward mankind implies that they do think there is something different, special, dare one say divine, about man and that he should live by different rules from other “natural beings” and that he has special obligations toward the rest of nature.
I can’t see how one can maintain that man is simply a part of nature and then deny that man should behave as his nature dictates. It’s an incoherent view of nature and evolution and ecology.
That’s the way it looks to me, October 26th, 2009.