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Tue May 21, 2024, 01:13 AM May 21

The brain-rot of Social Darwinism [View all]

The brain-rot of Social Darwinism.
21 May 2024

Written By Joan Westenberg


But we have to resist this way of thinking. A society that lets its most vulnerable citizens sink into despair rationalizes exploitation and applauds selfishness is not a healthy society. It's a brittle one ripe for fracturing. The NSDAP (Nazi Socialist German Workers' Party) relied upon the same reprehensible philosophy to justify its rise to populist power.

When we lift up the struggling, everybody benefits. When we extend opportunity widely, the whole world gets smarter and better. When we cultivate empathy and a sense of shared humanity, we all lead richer lives.

Social Darwinism is a rot that will only erode our humanity and, with it, our world.

Don't rationalize selfishness with pseudoscience. Dare to imagine a world where we measure success not by how much we accumulate for ourselves but by how much we help others live lives of dignity and fulfilment.


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