Evolution is an interesting concept and one that we can clearly see in the taxonomic record. With absolutely no intention to discuss evolution and any person’s beliefs or non-beliefs, let’s look at evolution as a science in regard to man and politics.
Politics, like man, is an evolution. World wide political systems evolved as man did, and by evolution in this context, I mean socially and politically and not in the taxonomic sense. Politics used to be power versus non-power. Those with power utilized it to exercise their will over people. Man’s political and social evolution brought this practice largely to an end, at least academically speaking. Of course the world still has despots using their power over others, but that is man’s nature and as old as we are.
Politics is an effort to prevent one man or group of power brokers from exercising their power unfairly or in a manner that held no regard for the governed. Now the desired model is one of “consent of the governed” as opposed to who were best able to extend their will over the populace. This is an evolution in society and politics.
It is my belief conservatism is an acceptance of political and social evolution. I know many on the other side will scream conservatism is the antithesis of that, but they are being knee jerk reaction types in so doing.
Evolution is an acceptance of the natural order, and the natural order is in my mind an end result of years of practice. As in the taxonomic sense, evolution occurs with success. Stronger lions breed stronger cubs, and it becomes the way it is naturally through the process of natural selection in the animal world.
In the social and political world common sense would dictate that man would reject the unworkable for the more natural and more easily workable. I am of the opinion that societies being naturally conservative is the result of evolution. We accept and incorporate what works easiest and reject what does not. That’s evolution folks, even if it is conscious. I am of the firm belief that any other effort at social and political engineering is going to flop in the long run, and based on 20th century history, I am pretty confident in my appraisal.
Conservatism speaks to an acceptance of what does work. Only a fool would again and again try to make what does not work well into what we must live by. It is unnatural and as man is subject to all natural forces, we must stick with what is more natural and less convoluted.
I once made this argument in person to a friend who claimed that since man can fly, we are breaking the bounds of the natural world. I explained to him the complete fallacy of his point. If man can violate natural order, flap your arms and fly man, fly. So far my friend has failed. I disabused him of the notion that aircraft made us no longer subject to natural forces by telling him that if man’s technology fails on him he and his aircraft will seek Earth like a stone in a pond. So man can alter the pull of natural forces, but cannot permanently overcome them. The natural order will prevail folks.
In terms of society and politics, it’s all the same. We can attempt through man’s technology to alter natural forces, but they will still pull on us no matter how hard we try to resist them. So in this sense gravity and man’s natural social order are related. Isn’t it an odd juxtaposing of Marxist thought that any forced altering of man’s natural state can be even imagined?
When thoughts of animals is forwarded isn’t it usually along the lines of “animals are free and man should not corral them” type thought? But then the same folks who forward such a concept then are all for corralling humans. They bizarrely believe that it is okay to deny man our natural order, but advocate for animal’s natural order. There is no doubt such are totally misplaced efforts, and given the natural order to which we all must bow, complete wastes of time and resources.
Before government man was free. This being a given then, isn’t it wrongheaded to force man to some other man’s vision? In my opinion, for all our national faults, we are the most perfected of all nations. We grant the most freedom and opportunity to the most people. Again, but for tiny insular societies, no other large and diverse nation has ever attained a level of freedom and autonomy for individuals that the US has attained and aspires to.
Yet here we sit in the 21st century and still we must argue with people who forward a totally failed 162 year old concept that says man can be engineered to be Utopian. That is foolishness beyond reason. Man’s destiny isn’t Utopia. It is struggle. History is dead clear on this. Yet there sit those self-appointed big thinkers insisting that we who accept the near perfection of America as superior is still way too flawed to exist. Sounds more like overblown and arrogant self-aggrandizement to me.
And those same folks who argue for engineering man and altering our natural order will forward natural everything else – animals, food, ecology and nearly every other thing one can imagine. But man allowed to be natural? What, are you a hater Man? Are you poking your sister? Is your Dad your uncle? Are you from the South? Live in a trailer do ya? Of course my foregoing words are sarcasm to tick them off – I do love tweaking them, and damn if they don’t so richly deserve it too, so . . . .
Truth is those that accept the natural order are NOT the ones in need of being enlightened at all, but them other folks, not so much.
Just consider this the next time you have to ponder the imponderables and remember that the same folks who scream for natural EVERYTHING are the very same ones who scream man can be altered and engineered – ya know, UNNATURALLY? Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black or something? If nothing else it’s damn sure hypocrisy. Don’t ever let anyone snow ya with flowery language and assumption of some moral high ground to which they have no special right. To get what they want they will try to convince you they know a better way, yet man’s recent history exposes them as pipe dreamers.
Natural everything is the way to go – politics and society. And the United States is the most natural and perfected of all nations, again, other than tiny insular societies that are not subject to the same forces that a melting pot like the US is. We EVOLVED into where we are – a love of freedom and personal autonomy, and any other effort or anything that calls that into question as if it is bad, evil or too unworkable to exist is a foul and misguided purpose indeed. We ain’t perfect, but we are closer than any other man made system has ever been. Don’t ever let anyone convince you otherwise. Natural is the way baby! After all, the naysayers tell us that all the time right? Except of course when it comes to their political/social imaginations.