Is there anything wrong with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? Or, why shouldn’t Russia invade Ukraine? For decades we have taught our children the scientific theory of evolution based on natural selection and the survival of the fittest. So one nation tries to subjugate another and thereby promote its own interests and objectives. What’s wrong with that? We’ve taught our kids that this is how it works, always has, always will. The strongest and most fit survive. The others cease to exist. So why should the West denounce the Russian invasion? Or provide weapons in support of Ukrainian resistance? If you subscribe to the theory of evolution, you have no basis for objecting to the war in Ukraine. It’s just pure science – natural selection and the survival of the fittest – international edition.

Or might you be motivated by a principle other than evolution’s “survival of the fittest?” In which case you will have to recognize a guiding principle outside of the scope of science, in the realm of philosophy or religion. The Golden Rule might be one example: “Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them,” Matthew 7:12 (HSBC). Or this piece of Biblical advice: “Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:17,18 (NLT). Wouldn’t our world be a better place if the nations operated on this principle, rather than the scientific one?

Jeff Corbett
McBride, BC