Why are we here? (A recent speech)

Why are we here? If you think about it, this amounts to two questions. How did we get here, and what should we do now that we are here?

A couple hundred years ago the answers to both were easy. God created us and put us here to rule the earth. We are here to fulfill God’s will which includes making more Christians to follow in our footsteps. It was a very successful formula. Christians filled Europe, North America and South America. The Muslims believe the same thing and they’re still doing a good job of filling Asia and Africa with more Muslims.

The God explanation was not good enough for scientific man. It left some important questions unanswered. Darwinism did a better job.

Darwin’s explanation, based on evolution, is pretty simple. We are here because our parents had children. They got here because their parents had children. And that chain goes back 1 billion years – successful animals begetting children who also had children. Along the way we improved ourselves. The animals who survived from one generation to the next were a bit smarter, bigger, and faster.  That’s survival of the fittest.  The slow, weak and stupid didn’t have as many surviving offspring.

Humans within the last 200,000 years acquired language, and with that we acquired a sense of morality. That has been a two-edged sword.

On the one hand, we were able to grow into larger groups and monkeys. Monkeys know how to behave in their own troops, more or less, but it is limited to about 150 monkeys. With language people were able to come together into clans, tribes and nations. They were able to work together to hold onto their territory and they were able to conquer other territories. Survival of the fittest again.

My wife Oksana asks why people can’t be nicer to each other. When I look at her blue eyes and tall frame, I say, “Sweetheart, if your Viking ancestors had been nice people they would’ve gotten wiped out and you wouldn’t be here.” We are the product of survival of the fittest. We’re here because our ancestors were tougher and nastier than the other peoples around, and they were the tribes who survived.

When we believed in Christ, we were told what to do now that we were here. We now look around and say there’s no guidance.  We arrive without a user’s manual.  What do we do now that we’re here?

For many people, life is to enjoy.  They do what they want – drinking, drugs, recreational sex and video games.  They don’t have children, but they don’t care.

Other people get carried away with the morality question.  They have extended the idea of altruism, supporting their family, tribe and nation, to the whole world.  They are kind to everybody, even animals.  This turns survival of the fittest on its head: other tribes and nations don’t see it that way.

Both choices mess up evolution.  Survival of the fittest only works if you have kids.  People whose lifestyle is based on enjoying themselves don’t have many kids.  The ones who proclaim a universal morality think it is immoral to loose more human vermin on the world.  They think our tribe is too successful. They want to change the rules to hold us back and help others.  They also don’t have many kids.

There is no God-given answer, but there is an answer that works.  You can be sure that the people who are around in fifty years will come from families that had children.  I predict that today’s generation of lifestyle addicts and one-worlders is a phase that will have passed.  The world will once again belong to people who believe in having kids.  I want my grandchildren to be among them.  How about you?


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