Was Darwin Wrong?

    Do you believe that life on Earth is a competitive struggle for survival won by the strongest and fittest? What if this idea was just not supported by scientific evidence? What difference would it make if that was incorrect? In this post, we’ll explore what a huge difference that would make in our world.

    Whether we’re aware of it or not, our dominant cultural worldview has accepted substantial elements of Darwin’s theories. They form the unquestioned foundation for our economics, our politics, and our view of what is real and possible for each of us. We rarely wonder if our obsession with competition actually brings out the best. We revere beyond reason the ones who dominate and come out on top and reward them out of proportion to the rest.

    However, there are some dire consequences of that mindset. The Darwinian mindset (that, by the way, even Darwin questioned) has led to supremacist movements and practices of exploitation. It has led us to war upon war. It has caused us to lose our sense for the importance of every member of our planetary ecosystem. We are stamping out diversity because we fail to appreciate that it is cooperation amongst each and every one of us that is the surest recipe for not only surviving but for thriving.

    In fact, science is beginning to back up the idea that cooperation, not competition, is the secret to the most successful individuals and organizations. Cooperation and diversity are two essential principles for long-term success. What a different world we would live in if these were given a dominant place in our consciousness. What would our world be like if we judged our decisions and actions by the measure of these twin principles?

    That doesn’t mean that we throw out competition, but that we see it and use it within the context of what is likely even more important.

    What would it be like if we asked ourselves if our thoughts, feelings, and actions supported and promoted cooperation and diversity at least as much as competition and dominance of the “best, strongest, and fittest?” My sense is that we’d usher in a whole new post-Darwinian age of peace and prosperity. We’d be much more conscious of the unique talents and gifts that each and every one of us bring to the table and we’d join our resources together to go way beyond what human beings have accomplished up to this point. We’d realize that we all win when we view every member of our planetary community as an essential part of the whole.

    If 2012 can indeed be a turning point for us all, I believe it will begin with a new emphasis on cooperation and diversity. We are One and we are many. Only together will we thrive.


    Kevin Schoeninger

    P.S. Releasing old mindsets can be challenging. Click here to learn how to let go of the old and manifest what you truly desire. (Keep in mind that the video may take several seconds to load)

      3 Responses to “Was Darwin Wrong?”

      1. LUDMILA says:

        Thanks for inspiration.

      2. stephen says:

        I have been anti-social Darwinism for decades. I’m so glad to see that others are see this so clearly now.

        The fittest home, community or nation is the entity that can best freely cooperate for each other’s mutual benefit.

        This article is a keeper.

        1. I agree with you wholeheartedly Stephen.

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