Mantis eating a bee
"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."
On television's nature programs we often hear that the principle of survival of the fittest rules in nature. The most aggressive flourish at the expense of those who don't kill or steal quite as quickly.
This principle has even been applied to humans. Some would say that in business it's the most aggressive and the most merciless to enemies who prosper. Is this a fair picture of nature or man?
African wild dogs are able to bring down their prey because they hunt in cooperative packs. Once they have eaten, they then take food to the rest of the pack. There, even injured members of the pack receive their share of the food. Likewise, adult male chimpanzees hunt for the entire community and social insects cooperate in the same way.
The truth is that without cooperation, life would be brutal if not impossible. If nature's principle were, indeed, survival of the fittest, many creatures alive today would have become extinct long ago. Cooperation aids survival. Violence, selfishness, and raw aggressiveness can be found both among man and animals. But where they exist, the quality of life for man and animal is decreased. Survival of the fittest isn't the ethic that produced life. The ethic of survival of the fittest is evidence that man's sin has made the creation something other than what God intended. It's evidence that we need the forgiveness of sins that God has provided for us in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Notes: E. O. Wilson. 1985. Discover, August, p. 48.
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