Darwin on Race

Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin (1809 –1882)

We see the value set on animals even by the barbarians of Tierra del Fuego, by their killing and devouring their old women, in times of dearth, as of less value than their dogs.

If the country were open on its borders, new forms would certainly immigrate, and this would also seriously disturb the relations of some of the former inhabitants. Let it be remembered how powerful the influence of a single introduced tree or mammal has been shown to be.

He who believes in the struggle for existence and in the principle of natural selection, will acknowledge that every organic being is constantly endeavouring to increase in numbers; and thus if any one being vary ever so little, either in habits or structure, and thus gain an advantage over some other inhabitant of the country, it will seize on the place of that inhabitant, however different it may be from its own place.

The variability or diversity of the mental faculties in men of the same race, not to mention the greater differences between the men of distinct races, is so notorious that not a word need here be said.

Nor is the difference slight in moral disposition between a barbarian, such as the man described by the old navigator Byron, who dashed his child on the rocks for dropping a basket of sea urchins, and a Howard or Clarkson; and in intellect, between a savage who uses hardly any abstract terms, and a Newton or Shakspeare. Differences of this kind between the highest men of the highest races and the lowest savages, are connected by the finest graduations.

A tribe including many members who, from possessing in a high degree the spirit of patriotism, fidelity, obedience, courage, and sympathy, were always ready to aid one another, and to sacrifice themselves for the common good, would be victorious over most other tribes; and this would be natural selection.

Many races, some of which differ so much from each other, that they have often been ranked by naturalists as distinct species.

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world… The break between men and his nearest allies will then be wider.

We must not judge of the tastes of distinct species by a uniform standard; nor must we judge by the standard of man’s taste. Even with man, we should remember what discordant noises, the beating of tom-toms and the shrill notes of reeds, please the ears of savages.

[Man] has diverged into distinct races, or as they may be more fitly called, sub-species. Some of these, such as the Negro and the European, are so distinct that, if specimens had been brought to a naturalist without any further information, they would undoubtedly have been considered as good and true species.

For my part I would as soon be descended from that heroic little monkey, who braved his dreaded enemy in order to save the life of his keeper, or from that old baboon, who descending from the mountains, carried away in triumph his young comrade from a crowd of astonished dogs – as from a savage who delights to torture his enemies, offers up bloody sacrifices, practices infanticide without remorse, treats his wives like slaves, knows no decency, and is haunted by the grossest superstitions.


~ by metadave on July 5, 2008.

4 Responses to “Darwin on Race”

  1. Doesn’t matter. DNA was discovered in the 50s but they still pushed ahead for ekwality anyway. You should only publish lies, because lies are the only things that appeal to people.

  2. Yeah, I should write those kind of fantasy that claims to be factual like most others do. I could write about the equality of man and the beauty of diversity. I’m not sure how it is possible to speak of “diversity” since we are all the same anyway, but hey, logical coherence isn’t so important when writing fantasy!

    Did you know that I’m a HolocaustTM surviver? For a long time I thought about writing my memoirs on the HolocaustTM. Just because I’m only in my twenties does not necessarily imply than I’m not a survivor of the HolocaustTM! I can remember it like it was yesterday, my Jewish parents were successful parasit.., I mean banker, till the evil Nazis came and took us away. They were so evil! Why could they not let us innocent Jews causing harm to no one, live in peace? Germans are all evil! Eventually we got separated and I never saw my parents again. The evil Nazis probably made either soap or lampshades out of them! So evil! I was taken to what must have been a secret Nazi underground research facility were those evil Nazis conducted all kinds of evil research. apparently I got selected as a kind of “human guinea pig” for their, no doubt about it, evil research. But I was lucky, before they could conduct human experiments on me, I managed to open the lab cage they had put me into. The cage, designed to hold animals like monkeys, could not withstand my Jewish intellect! I bit off the small finger on my left hand with my teeth and used the bone within to open the lock! Jewish genius! I bet those evil Nazis never thought of that! It did hurt terrible but a brave man, and Jews are certainly the bravest, knows no pain! In the room next door I found a strange apparatus with the label “Geheime Zeitmaschine” (Secret Time Machine) on it. As brave and intelligent as I was, I managed to start this strange machine which the evil Nazis, no doubt, had build for an evil purpose. And before the evil Nazis came back to use me in their evil experiments, I escaped with this machine into the present.

    By stealing the evil Nazis their time machine, I was solely responsible that they lost the war! It is time to tell the world about my heroic deeds! Sadly, I have no proof, but my word, the word of a Jew, for it. The time machine apparently was a one-way-travel-device, and when I woke up in the present, it was gone. And my finger, by some unknown law of the space-time continuum, no doubt, got replaced as well somehow.

    Edit: Where do I have to call to get my HolocaustTM surviver pension?

  3. lol That was the best holocaust story I have heard. It is also more beliveable than most

  4. как бы все это на практике применить

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