Survival of the Fittest: Lessons of the Costa Concordia

Ideas have consequences.

Just a few months shy of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground and rolled over off the coast of Italy back in January. The two shipwrecks have a much in common. Both were state of the art luxury liners that suffered a glancing blow along the side of the hull below the waterline. Both required passengers to flee the ship on lifeboats. Thankfully, due in large part to safety precautions that resulted from the Titanic tragedy, modern vessels carry many more lifeboats, and the death toll from Costa Concordia was much lower.

But there were also some big differences, which Anne Morse documents in this article. In the case of the Titanic, a disproportionate number of lives lost were men. With the Costa Concordia, the numbers were skewed the opposite way. Women, children, and the elderly were the ones who never made it off the ship. Is this the result of a century of evolutionary theory teaching that natural selection — the “survival of the fittest” — is beneficial? That women and men are equal in every way? Morse makes a compelling case:

Some two thirds of those who died or went missing were among the most vulnerable: women, a little girl (five-year-old Dayana Arlotti), and elderly passengers. By contrast, as Rich Lowry writes in National Review Online, when the Titanic foundered 100 years ago, “More women from third class—deep in the bowels of the ship, where it was hard to escape and instructions were vague or nonexistent—survived than men from first class. Almost all of the women from first class (97 percent) and second class (84 percent) made it,” while “men from first class who were lost stayed behind voluntarily, true to their Edwardian ideals.”

As for the men of the Costa Concordia, shoving aside the weaker passengers to save themselves “appears to have been the natural order of things,” Lowry observes.

In a sense, it was natural—natural, that is, if you’ve been brought up, not with Edwardian ideals bolstered by Judeo-Christian beliefs, but in the Culture of Death, as John Paul II described it: a culture that long ago declared war on the weak, the vulnerable, and the sick.

In the Culture of Death, it’s part of the “natural order” to kill inconvenient unborn babies by the millions, allow imperfect babies to starve, and pull the plug on sick, elderly parents who are using up too many of the family’s resources.

The sexual revolution of the sixties, legalized abortion of the seventies, and the violent pornography of today have gone a long way in destroying respect for women, turning them into re-usable sex objects and victims of savage assaults.

Add to this the teachings of feminists who insist that males and females should be treated exactly the same, snapping the heads off men who dare to hold a door or pull out a chair for them. Men have learned this lesson so thoroughly that many now refuse to give their train or bus seat up even to heavily pregnant women.

As for the “survival of the fittest” teachings of evolutionary theorists—well, what happened on the Costa Concordia is what survival of the fittest looks like. It may be “natural” these days, but it isn’t pretty.

Read the rest here.

If, like me, you’re disgusted after reading the article, try cleansing your palate by reading a story of heroism at sea that was published last year, called The Band That Played On: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down With the Titanic. Here’s the book’s trailer:

2 comments on “Survival of the Fittest: Lessons of the Costa Concordia

  1. John Gardner says:

    Reblogged this on Off the Top of my head and commented:
    This is from my son’s blog……makes you think.

  2. The Big C says:

    so very sad, the shipwreck of Titanic and how we have devolved in 100 short years.

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