Thought for the Day: Atheism and Bullying

Thought for the day: What if there were really no God and atheism and the theory of evolution were true?
By Paul Sanders

“Say hello to my little friend.”
The other day here at the school where I work, we had a small workshop dealing with the issue of bullying.  The presenter dealt with the many different forms of bullying be it simple playground pushing and shoving all the way up to cyber-bullying via social networking programs like Myspace and Facebook. Of course, the presenter passionately told students and teachers how wrong it is to pick on others and how all of us should treat each other with respect and kindness and just gosh darnit not be bullies.  However, as the presenter was talking, the thought popped into my mind, “in a society and national school system that says that there is no God and the universe as we know it is the result of evolutionary processes, bullying is wrong based on what?”
The idea is this, if there is no creator God and atheism and the theory of evolution are true, then who can really say with any kind of authority that bullying is wrong?  It’s wrong based on what standard?  Think about it, wouldn’t all standards of right and wrong be personally subjective and in reality ultimately meaningless if everything that exists is simply the result of blind chance?  If I understand evolutionary theory correctly, wouldn’t bullying, in fact, be beneficial to the advancement and preservation of the stronger and better equipped of the “species”?  Bullies seek out the weaker and less powerful of the species, so it would seem that in evolutionary thought, they would be doing future generations of the species a favor by isolating those that are weaker and keeping them from passing on their weaker genes.  Dr. Herbert Spencer coined the phrase “survival of the fittest” to better explain Darwin’s theory of natural selection. He said,

“This survival of the fittest, which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called ‘natural selection’, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.”

As my former pastor and professor used to tell us all the time: “Ideas have consequences.” If Darwinian thinking were carried out to it’s logical conclusion, bullying, instead of being viewed as something negative, would rather be seen as the stronger members of the species simply fulfilling their role in further protecting the gene pool in the never-ending and pointless struggle for life.  The absolute craziest thing about all this is that our public school systems teach the theory of evolution as if it were the absolute undeniable truth and then tell all us “highly developed animals” to go out there and “struggle for life” and just hope to be one of those stronger members of the “species” that’s “fit for survival”…and make sure to be nice to one another while doing it.  I’m sure some wildebeest in Africa is wishing they’d put on an anti-predator workshop with all those big, mean lions.   Can’t all of us “struggling species” just get along?  And atheists call Christians illogical hypocrites…brings to mind a Bible verse I read in one of those daily promise calendar’s they sell at For All Bible Bookstore:

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God…”

Psalm 14:1


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