Tuesday, April 14, 2009
[Does he belong in the monkey house?]
Many Orthodox Jews in the New York City area visit the Bronx Zoo during the Passover holiday week. It's a great place to go with the kids. My family and I were there yesterday.
One of the most popular exhibits is the gorilla habitat.
One thing which crossed my mind is that from the point of view of evolution, not only gorillas should be on exhibit, however African Americans should be too.
“The great break in the organic chain between man and his nearest allies, which cannot be bridged over by any extinct or living species, has often been advanced as a grave objection to the belief that man is descended from some lower form; but this objection will not appear of much weight to those who, from general reasons, believe in the general principle of evolution. Breaks often occur in all parts of the series, some being wide, sharp and defined, others less so in various degrees; as between the orang and its nearest allies--between the Tarsius and the other Lemuridae--between the elephant, and in a more striking manner between the Ornithorhynchus or Echidna, and all other mammals. But these breaks depend merely on the number of related forms which have become extinct. At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked (18. 'Anthropological Review,' April 1867, p. 236.), will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”
(The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin, chapter 6)
Many people realize that evolution promotes atheism, as Richard Dawkins has written "although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist." (The Blind Watchmaker page 6.)
Less known is that evolution promotes Fascism. In Mein Kampf, Hitler concludes "A state which in this age of racial poisoning dedicates itself to the care of its best racial elements must some day become lord of the earth." This is not "social Darwinism" and a twisted misinterpretation of Darwin; this is almost a direct quote from Darwin.
This is in sharp contrast to the Jewish point of view, which teaches that all men are ultimately brothers, descended from Adam who was created by God. Needless to say, Chancellor Hitler was not a big fan of Judaism.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 9:05 AM