It’s irrational to think evolution could explain the amazing human being
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The humanization of animals has become a huge issue in our culture, as I touched on in my Sept. 13 column. Maybe we should address the animalization of humans, but there are significant differences.
It seems irrational to accept the theory of evolution as fact and focus on the idea that man came from apes. How did all the millions of other plants, animals, fish, birds and insects all come from the same so-called primordial soup?
Also, mankind is supposed to be the pinnacle of evolution. Consider the fact that every form of life out there can out-swim, out-climb, out-fly and out-survive us. Even a fly can walk upside down on the ceiling. Physically, we are the sorriest of creatures.
So, what is it that makes humans unique?
First of all is creativity. Humans are possessed with a compulsion to take what’s available and create everything from fabrics to lunar vehicles. We look at a piece of land or virtually any resource and envision how we can make it more beautiful and/or productive. We turn sand into glass and iron pyrite into skyscrapers. We turn desert flats into beautiful orchards.
A second characteristic of humans is our drive to understand everything from the microcosm to the furthest galaxy.
We break foods down into vitamins and nutrients. We continually rearrange what we use and consume by analyzing it and making it better. We analyze bacteria and viruses to understand what they do and then try to manipulate them to our advantage.
We spend huge amounts of money and resources studying our own bodies. If we can understand how they work, then we can make them work better.
A third characteristic is the innate compulsion in humans to control. We want to control our environment, our own lives, and our actions, and the life and destiny of those around us.
We somehow feel a drive to even control the environment and the weather. We set up commissions, councils and boards to manage everything from some little fish or animal clear up to the actions of whole countries.
The fourth characteristic in individuals is identity. We not only struggle to develop a unique identity, but we express that identity in the things we do and create.
Everything from the clothes we wear, the way we comb our hair, the car we drive and who we hang out with are shouting out our identity. The pictures on our wall, the food we eat, the music we play and our political position are part of the identity complexity.
A key component is the religion we subscribe to. People often react strongly when their religious or political beliefs are questioned, because that challenge is a threat to their identity.
A fifth special characteristic of humans is our appreciation of beauty and the desire to create beauty.
We paint pictures and plant flowers, put on makeup, weave patterns, and try to work the beauty component into everything we create. We all appreciate a beautiful sunset or beautiful sunlit clouds against blue sky!
A sixth component of humanism is the fascination with the spiritual.
I know of no people group in the world that does not have some sense of a dimension beyond the physically obvious. As far back as we can trace civilization there is evidence of worship of some god or gods. This facet of life is incredibly important and is obvious in the lengths to which people will go in its practice.
There are other special characteristics of mankind and each one could inspire a book.
How did we, as supposed products of evolution, experience such a physical reversal and such an incredible leap in intellect?
The Bible says that we are created in the image of God. Could these special components be some confirmation of that statement?
Can you afford to be wrong?
“Out On A Limb” appears on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Ross Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.
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