“Neutral” Selection

litbonanza.jpgIf nature always chooses favourable traits to prevail, and unfavourable kinks to slowly die off, in a few million years, we should all be perfect. Not only will we be experts at survival, but there will be some sort of harmonious utopia of the mind. There will be no conflict; no second-guessing. Suspicion and loathing will drop off the horizon like marbles tipping over a table’s edge.

‘Feud’ will be snipped out of the dictionary, leaving an inconspicuous hole on page 638 where it used to be – an old memory – a tale told by grandmothers to their unsuspecting grandchildren whose minds wander to far-off oases of chocolate, toys, and Spongebob Squarepants. That’s just how it will be. Understanding will flow naturally like a spring mountain runoff.

Writers will sink their bottoms into potholes of January Snow, letting the wetness soak through their jeans, watching people and stars. Waiting for the next mass extinction and the consequent new species to fall into their laps and onto their empty sheets of notebook paper.

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Stephanie is a 3rd Year Environmental Sciences student at UBC, with an inconvenient fondness for creative writing. She is eternally in search of ways to combine her two interests without upsetting the experts on either side of the spectrum.

2 Responses to ““Neutral” Selection”

  1. Brett

    I’ve always been a big fan of that line of thinking when it comes to evolution. I mean, isn’t that where X-men came from? They’re naturally the next step? Certainly it does beg the question, that if we were to continue to follow natural selection, what type of environment would favour the evolution of a Magneto? Or a Cyclops?

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