Darwinism: Did We Really Evolve From Apes?

2014-05-23 10:40

In my African tradition and culture, I never came across an assertion or legend that suggested human beings were once chimpanzees, and chimpanzees were once single celled organisms in turn. Had it not been for the great illuminating advent of Colonialism I’d very much still be in the dark, figuratively.

I thought to myself, ‘We Africans can be quite a lazy bunch. All these centuries of digging and mining but we never discovered any dinosaur bone? Not even lousy defragmented and badly preserved fossils of a Neanderthal man?’ And it had to take the academic and insightful genius of Darwin’s archaeologists and anthropologists to discover (in our own continent) these crucial links to our common beastly past?

The Egyptians and all the Ancient cultures throughout history were master masons who went far and wide to dig or mine for choice stones and minerals, but in all their sojourns, they never unearthed these startling carcasses either. Otherwise they would have recorded them as they did all the other data we have about them and their history presumably.

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin is the man who engineered this theory of evolution, which has become like a New Age scientific cult of a kind. Unlike with common religions, the theory of evolution - or the theory of natural selection as Darwin articulated it – has tangible proof backing it.

Charles Darwin was a very gifted man therefore. He rose to prominence in a world where his country - as the brutish British Empire - was a notable global conqueror (1800s). The world at this period was already a global village, and science was such as well. Darwin was specifically the Jesus of his theory, and not necessarily its founder. He obviously fed off from a host of other Scientific Philosophers of the Anglo Saxon Empire like Thomas Malthus, Charles Lyell, and his own grandfather, Erasmus Darwin.

To me, the theory of evolution is considerable when suggesting species adapted to environments over time and so forth. It is worth contemplation when it describes certain character traits which may attract mates possibly being key in how species evolve in character or physique. I don’t have a problem with animals adapting to environment for purposes of survival, just so long as they stay the same animal and don’t evolve into another specie altogether, or into superior and complex human beings.

It’s one thing to suggest (e.g.) an African hare grew bigger fur as it spread to colder and more harsher regions like the Antarctica, so to acclimatize to the surrounding and so on. But it’s quite another thing to say a chimpanzee evolved over time and became a human being as you see today. One can imagine the severe confusion one goes through in deliberating on such an issue, bearing in mind that one was raised on the cultural Adam and Eve narrative of creation.

Human vs. Animal

The time I spent at a farm recently, I tried observing some of the animals and their behaviour, if they were brute or humane. I wanted to see if it was even plausible to compare a human with an animal. For example, when you give a loaf of bread to a group of four hungry humans, they will promptly divide it into four equal parts and proceed to enjoy a meal together. This is humane.

But to a group of dogs, no matter how sizeable the chunk of meat you throw them, the strongest of them will try by all means to keep the whole lot to himself, and this is brute. Cows are no different in this respect. The strongest bull will want to mate with all the females at all times. It will not say, ‘I’ve mated with her, so you mate with that other one’. There is no democracy but only survival of the fittest.

Animals live in a world without conscience or guilt or human compassion. A dog battling with a venomous snake unleashes no haunting vengeance even when it unfortunately gets struck to death by the latter’s sharp poisonous fangs. There are no grudges and there is no judgment in the animal kingdom. I’ve seen a young white girl crying over a dead parrot while its companion and fellow parrot whistled on obliviously.

Human Authority

So I ask myself, what special thing really occurred to this chimpanzee or ape, which made it become human, with compassion, intellect and enormous courage? Can you imagine a chimpanzee working at an animal shelter, wearing clothes and nursing wounded leopards back to health like a human would? Can you imagine an ape flying an aeroplane, and calculating altitudes and wind pressure, then switching to auto pilot to take a coffee break?

No matter how pissed a chimpanzee ever got, it would never even conceive of bombing this whole planet in retaliation. But a human being can. No matter how pissed lions ever got, they would never decide to attack and destroy every living specie on the planet. But a human being can. Only a human being can consciously interact with every specie on this planet, no matter how small or big, and how tame or deadly.

This is why, when humans are found committing demeaning and shameful acts, they rapidly get compared to brute animals. Humans who behave greedily, violently, and senselessly, will thus be likened to beasts for their ‘brutality’. The theory of evolution does not in this regard satisfactorily discuss the reason why and the point at which the humane or ‘Godly’ spirit is infused in the evolving ape toward its current human nature.

Cradle of Humankind

The theory itself cannot be easily dismissed because of the fossil evidence backing it. It goes on to eloquently and scientifically describe the various stages of this questionable evolution, which presumably took millions if not hundreds of thousands of years. Somehow, Darwin’s people have come to a conclusion that the earliest stages of this phenomenal transformation took place down here in the southern parts of Africa.

They have hence named this place in Maropeng or Sterkfontein outside Johannesburg ‘The Cradle of Mankind’, where apparently they found the most fossils or something like that. Whether we should see this as a compliment or insult is an issue for another day. But my thought is, if we Africans are supposedly the earliest descendants of these creatures which were once chimpanzees, why is it that Europeans have significantly more bodily hair than us?

So other than the controversial bones Charles Darwin’s disciples have as proof for their theory of evolution, this topic leaves more questions than answers. If archaeologists have been digging out real ape-man fossils all along, then the theory of evolution isn’t really a theory but a fact. They should then call it ‘The Fact Of Evolution’. Charles Darwin has to be the master ape as such, which/who was scientifically ‘chosen’ to discover the primate roots of all humanity. Cheers to Charles and the undoubtedly proud people of Europe. ©

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