Evolution and humans (Evolution)

by Balance_Maintained @, U.S.A., Monday, May 18, 2015, 18:30 (2025 days ago) @ David Turell

David: I would conclude, with no absolute proof, we are here because of superiority.

David: I think you are making my point. Rome was superior and desirable for many centuries. granted the Mongols took them out, but Homo sapiens were left as the only game in town with no one to take them out, unless we do it ourselves with the bomb.

The reason that I fall short of calling Rome superior is perhaps because I have differing criteria as to what makes a group superior. Sure, Rome had technology and luxury, and those, as everyone knows, are always appealing. They also had slavery, constant warfare, extreme class divides, extreme poverty, and typically decimated the earth via their methods of construction and farming. I don't view this parasitic agrarian exploitive lifestyle as being intrinsically superior to a society that lives in harmony with their environment, has little to no class distinction, and minimal levels of violence (wars). If the only thing they were lacking was technology and bloodlust, I don't really think they were that inferior.

Of course, I know you probably mean 'superior' in evolutionary terms, but I find that thinking in those terms lends itself to a peculiar form of bias. The same form of bias that led the Europeans and early Americans to nearly wipe out the Indians and to view and treat them as 'savages'.

What is the purpose of living? How about, 'to reduce needless suffering. It seems to me to be a worthy purpose.

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