Progress is defined as movement toward a destination. Conflict is defined as being incompatible or

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Progress is defined as movement toward a destination. Conflict is defined as being incompatible or at variance with something. When paired together progress is questioned as to its ability in light of either the absence or presence of conflict. For as long as questions have been asked this question is one that finds itself being answered within the realm of political institutions and interrogated within the universal discussion as to whether or not human beings as a species can evolve or move past its current point without the presence of some distinguished force. In thinking on this question two scholars immediately present themselves. They are Charles Darwin and Karl Marx. Both of these men, one a naturalist/geologist, the other an…show more content…
Put more simply, Darwin describes a struggle for existence, one that permeates throughout all species on Earth, including human beings. In light of his ideas, Darwin would agree that progress is not possible in the absence of conflict. This is because in all of his arguments, conflict is something that cannot cease to exist. Throughout Origins, Darwin makes multiple references to nature but never specifically defines what it is. He writes for example, “ We have seen that man by selection can certainly produce great results … given to him by the hand of Nature ”(108), and “ The face of Nature may be compared to a yielding surface, with ten thousand sharp wedges packed close together and driven inwards by incessant blows, sometimes one wedge being struck, and then another with greater force ”(111). The nature that Darwin is referring to is the nature of conflict. In those passages where he uses the word nature, one only need change the word to conflict and the meaning of the passage remains the same, as if Darwin had used the word originally. Conflict, or what Darwin calls nature, is both the external and the internal force that drives forward the progression of natural selection amongst species. He only counts however, one of those forces as being significant enough to have a varying affect on the process of natural selection.
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