Today’s letter-to-the-editor is a rare treat, because it comes from the UK. It’s good to be reminded occasionally that the US isn’t alone in producing these things. The letter appears in The Sentinel of Hanley, in Staffordshire, and it’s titled Darwinism has made us selfish.
We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we’ll just use the letter-writer’s first name, which is Edward. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
The Darwinian system of evolution where only the strongest deserve to survive, is how human beings came into existence.
Only the strongest deserve to survive? That’s an unusual description of the theory of evolution. It’s not terribly accurate, but that’s why we love these letters. Then we’re told:
Yet, a selfish, reactionary right-wing model such as this, when converted into a system of morals, is no way to run a civilised society.
We didn’t know that Parliament had made evolution the law of the land. But it must be so, because that’s what has Edward so upset. Let’s read on:
It lacks compassion, empathy and humanity.
So does chemistry. So does physics. It’s a cruel universe! Edward continues:
We have seen evidence of this over the past four years.
Have the reactionary right-wingers been running the government in the UK recently? We didn’t know that either. Here’s what Edward is complaining about:
The raised cost of VAT on food and the deliberate stealth tax on the bedroom that’s left behind after a child dies.
Egad — how cruel! And it’s Darwin’s fault! This is the last of Edward’s letter:
Any government that exploits bereaved parents in order to pay off its nation’s debt is the lowest of the low.
There can be no doubt — Darwin was a fiend!
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