Social Darwinism, Capitalism, Compassion

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Social Darwinism, Capitalism, Compassion "One should honor the fate that says to the weak 'Die'" Although it did not originate from Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, as many seem to assume, the term social Darwinism is named after him. Darwin's evolution theory was controversial upon publication and is still controversial today because of the unsympathetic worldview he outlines; under the laws of evolution, mankind and all living things struggle to stay alive as natural and drastic disturbances change various environments. The competition among struggling populations and the individuals which comprise them is the driving force called "Natural Selection." This law states that individual creatures without the traits that better suit their environment die faster than they can reproduce, resulting in growing populations of animals that are better suited. The competition for food is the major struggle. Life's been difficult since the beginning according to Darwin, and supporters of social Darwinism are all too aware of this universal truth. But they do not see reason for compassion. Instead, supporters see reason to deny compassion -- because that's the natural way. They understand this observation to mean that all living creatures struggle equally, that the individual struggle for life in the human world is the same for each. Social Darwinism is arguably responsible for the rise of capitalism, which in turn inspired in social Darwinism supporters an attitude toward society that measures moral worth in money. From this perspective the rich are better than the poor, the rich deserve to be rich just as the poor deserve to be poor, the greatness of a society as a whole is equated with the most successful person of that society, and helping anyone but yourself and family is marring to the natural order of social development. Social Darwinism borrows the
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