If you’re a progressive person, you probably hope that, at the end of the day, you’ll eat conservatives’ lunch, so to speak.
Not, as this whimsical cartoon proposes, eat them for lunch.
The underlying theme here is that all significant progress is a series of innovations, not — as conservative anti-evolution creationists like to believe — revolutions to be feared and avoided.
The brains of modern members of our species — Homo sapiens — are more than twice as large as our distant ancestors’, allowing us to in ever-greater ways manipulate and control our earthly environment.
Of course, our expanding brains have also equipped us to invent ever-more-destructive ways to kill each other in global warfare and in more intimate mayhem. We also now embody the sobering potential of self-extinction. So it’s a double-edged sword, this soaring intelligence thing.Still, in biological evolution as in present-day life, the most robust survivors — as long as something is left to survive in — are the ones best able to adapt to constantly changing realities. The rest, like Neanderthals and Greek gods and dodo birds, are left in the dust of those moving faster and more effectively into the future.