Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Survival of the Weakest

Darwinian theory has taught us that evolution became possible through the dynamics of the survival of the fittest. The weak, the sick, and the little in every species were hung out to dry, while evolution favored the strong, the healthy, the powerful. And, thus the evolution has reached the level of the human species, where a qualitative shift has taken place: in humans, evolution has become conscious of itself. Is there a further evolution? There must be!  However, every attempt by this conscious evolution to favor the strong, the healthy, and the powerful has only served us to evolve backwards! Perhaps the next level of evolution, which seems to be towards greater spiritualization, must embrace the reverse of the principle of the survival of the fittest. It must embrace the survival of the weakest. The spiritual evolution can only work along the dynamics of kenosis, which Christ has modelled for us (cf. Phil. 2: 4-11) and teaches us today by the example of a little child.


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