Discover Life Through Darwin’s Eyes

Blog 3 - darwin blog

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”

A naturalist, geologist, and biologist, Charles Darwin, has the power to inspire us, to date. His works, ranging from On The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man to The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals to The Formation of Vegetable Mould, is an entire universe altogether. It is relevant to scientists, researchers, and above all, the entire human race. On this Darwin’s Day, come, let’s look at life from his perspective.

“Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.”

Surprisingly enough, Darwin predicted our fate centuries ago. The ongoing debates on Global Warming, extinction of species, population explosion, and exploitation of natural resources completely align with his theories. He propounded this theory in The Descent of Man in 1871 and further explained how ‘natural selection’ will take its course to maintain Earth’s balance.

“A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives – of approving of some and disapproving of others.”

Darwin’s scope of work isn’t just limited to science. It delivers deeper meanings to propagate a better life. He believed that it is not the strongest or the most intelligent species that survives, rather, the one most adaptable to change. Taking this theory and applying it to the present scenario, we as humans also can’t live without adapting ourselves to the changing times. After all, it is the “survival of the fittest”.

“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.”

Darwin was an iconoclast. People did not receive his theories well at that time, especially the religious groups. He abhorred the system of slavery and loathed the concept of social institutions which dictated man and created hierarchies. He vociferously claimed that “man had descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.” His views, thus, divested the divine status of man who was thought to be created by the hands of God.

Much ahead of his times, Darwin, faced more criticism for his views, than laurels. He was crude and blatant in his writings and clear and insightful in his thoughts. And, summing him up as a person would have been tough, so he did it for himself when he said:

“I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.”