Originally posted by robbie carrobie
He was deeply influenced by Darwinian evolutionary theory, he even termed his book,
'My struggle', and felt that stronger nations had the right to overcome and dominate
weaker nations, did he not? In fact, such thinking to him would seem quite natural.
Sigh... no he wasn't...
There was an idea, that took root in several places including pre WW1 (yes WW1 not WW2) Germany,
that the phrase 'survival of the fittest' meant that the strong were meant to dominate the weak and
that allowing 'weak' people to survive and procreate the species was threatened and thus they should
be killed, or at least sterilised, and those deemed strong should mate with each other to produce even
stronger offspring.... And thus was born eugenics.
However this is a complete travesty of what the phrase 'survival of the fittest' means in evolutionary biology.
It is very late and I should be asleep so I am not going to explain why this is right now.
But I want to be absolutely clear.
Evolution, and survival of the fittest does NOT mean what they took it to mean.
And is not a justification, logical or otherwise, for what was done in its name.
It was, and is, an attempt to put a semi respectable face on bigotry and racism.
To allow those who feel themselves superior to, or threatened by, other peoples,
to do horrible and otherwise unjustifiable things under a veneer of 'science' and
Darwin's theory of evolution does not, justify or support the actions taken by Hitler, or those who
took the phrase 'survival of the fittest' out of context, misunderstood and applied it, and then used
it to justify doing unspeakable things they wanted to do anyway.
That it was taken so badly out of context is a tragedy.
And one of the many reasons why better understanding of the theory is advisable.
EDIT: hmmm, you changed your post while I was writing mine, and the quote changed too...
don't think anything changed that alters what I say.
Did you just translate the title?
If you did I wonder why?
I'm English and have a vivid cultural memory of Hitler and what he believed and did.