Survival of the Finest
If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
Charles Darwin, naturalist (1809-1882)
There is a survival-of-the-fittest mentality that we have all been adhering to—unless, of course, you are not one of the fittest, are living in a crowd of billions and have no voice. For the most part, I can count myself lucky, born into an upwardly mobile middle-class life in a country that has presented opportunity to me—opportunity I have pursued and developed to the best of my ability. There are others who have not been as lucky as I have been, whether she be a woman born in a third world country, an animal on the endangered species list because of deforestation or a planet that cannot react to the harms inflicted upon it.