I've always been a firm believer in evolution and Darwin's theories, to the extent that I hold some rather unpopular opinions about modern medicine. Today we can keep people alive that would have died naturally should medicine have not intervened. That is usually a good thing, but sometimes it isn't. When I see TV documentaries about people born with terrible ailments like skin problems, bad allergies etc or really debilitating disfigurements or diseases, I often feel that sometimes we shouldn't meddle with the evolutionary process. We keep some people alive with a vastly reduced quality of life and I don't feel that's right.
We should remember that evolution and survival of the fittest are good things. By filtering out the weaker genes only the strong ones are left. By allowing weak genes to propagate we are diluting the gene pool. Yes I know…I sound like Hitler, but it's what I believe.
However…where does that leave me with my defective brain chemistry? Humans are, after all, pack animals and prehistoric research has taught us that humans needed to live in colonies to survive. They would hunt together, build shelter together, defend themselves together, eat together etc. A human on their own would simply not survive. So if this was the prehistoric times and survival of the fittest was very much a matter of life and death…would I survive? Would my inability to bond with others and maintain relationships and friendships see me shunned by the pack and left to survive on my own? If so I'd surely die and my genes would never have a chance to propagate.