Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Yuma Sun of Yuma, Arizona. The letter is titled Theory of evolution is just a theory. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Okay, here we go:
I was raised in public schools being taught that people came from the deep blue. That by some anachronistic timetable and natural favor, we were led on a path to intelligence. We were told that there were data and data of empirical proof that these things happened.
The letter-writer must have slept through the lesson on evolution. He continues:
The truth is, there is not one book in the world that can show or catalog how one species can turn into another. In fact to the contrary, whenever one tries messing with the genome of a species, they die at an early age or become sick later in life because of the disorder caused by the tinkering.
Either he never heard of Genetic engineering and its beneficial applications, or whatever he may have learned comes from creationist sources. Let’s read on:
Even the stages of change printed in textbooks do not account for the fact that life on Earth, however many years ago, used to be more complex than it is now. It seems something happened in the past to make it harder for these complex species to exist. Nothing can explain this upside-down tree in the beginning of the timeline. Somehow things deteriorated.
Anyone know what he’s talking about? We don’t, but we want to hear more from this guy. Get this:
The “theory” of evolution will always be a theory for me. I just wish people were more open-minded about where they come from, not just accepting an idea born of sight, sound and touch.
Yes — don’t believe the evidence of your senses, even when it’s verified by the observations of others. Instead, one should be more open-minded and believe … what? Perhaps we’ll find out as we read some more:
Another concern is this. When did money, school and work become less personal than what you believe? Somehow, what I know to be true in my heart, like love and compassion, have no place in my working, learning and paying life?
What’s he saying — that his emotional state is more important than everything else in the world? Okay, if that works for him. Moving along:
All these things are connected. What we value, what we know, our passions and our beliefs. There is no other place for them except in our lives.
Huh? Well, he’s right — there’s no place for his passions except in his own life. They certainly have no place in constructing a scientific theory. Here’s now he concludes his letter:
Everything is personal. How can some things be less personal than others? Especially these things? These tangible amazing gifts. There really is no other place to put them. So please stop trying to take the ability to express them away.
That’s it? What did he say — that objective reality must yield to his emotions? We get the impression that the theory of evolution is a serious threat to his emotional life — which he regards as the most real and important thing in the world — far more important than something that is “just a theory.”
We never ran into this argument before, but it may be an interesting insight into what drives creationists to be the way they are.
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