Evolution is used to justify inequality and the change dynamics of society. “We are evolving with progess. Evolution is natural and so we are natural.”Change is good because it is evolution. Yet those who benefit from change are a minority. Sure, washing machines, TV, iPhones.. and a million others
But we need to look at the overall system which uses innovation as a path to personal gain. It is obvious that the system is rigged – look at inequality and the ability of the minority to manipulate tax schedules through congress –
Nature’s evolution is slow, testing out the implications of every change for survivability and advance. Social evolution works differently. We take a new technical evolution (or it could be regulatory or financial) and protect it with isolating it from other systems. and allowing it to emerge and find markets without cross checking with all the other aspects of society and nature.
The result si not good. We ruin the environment, overcome primitive society’s modes of population control (business and war want more people, as consumers, cheap workers), and increasingly rely on war to obtain or defend.
Darwin’s Origin of the Species, wherein after many years he finally found the structure of the british upper class in nature, titled the book
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
The suppressed sub-title as well as the blindness to the idea that cooperation leads to species success tells us much that we are not paying attention to. The very idea of progress, evolution, the idolatry of change is in need of deeper understanding.