5 May 2012
There is nothing mundane about human beings. We are as extraordinary as could be imagined. Of such wonder and complexity as only a billion years of evolution could produce.
The idea that a nebulous fantastical being could somehow have come along one day and built the first two humans out of clay is hardly plausible, to say the least. Also it's an insult and challenge to our value as people.
It's all there in the genetic code. The history of hundreds of millions of generations of evolution, from simple molecules to bacteria, to eukaryotes, to fish, to mammals, to mankind, to who knows what.
Indeed though, we must work together towards mutual respect and affection among the various people of the world. If God is an essential component of a brotherhood of man then, we may have a problem.
14 May 2012
I quote : We must judge men by their actions alone, but God judges men by their inmost hearts' intent..
I try rather to understand than to judge others. I make an exception of those who preach, pontificate and legislate, that is, especially, priests, professors and politicians. These we must judge constantly, lest our silence encourage them to persist in wrong.
As to God's judgement : I am at a loss to understand how we can know this.
The colour of early man's skin I see as immaterial. But I am convinced by Darwin's thesis in his The Descent of Man as to Man's origin.
The issue of equality is fraught with dangerous controversy. It is of crucial importance to distinguish between the equality of man in respect of their human worth and, of course, especially, in matters of law. For the rest, inequality in terms of ability is a fundamental and necessary element of all civilized societies. This inequality gives rise to competition and rivalry between people, true; but that is of a very different order from the supposed "Darwinian struggle".This concept is crude sociological misreading of Darwin's thesis.