Survival of the Fittest: Applied to War and Why It Takes Place

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Charles Darwin’s idea of survival of the fittest can be applied to war: the best-fit and more powerful antagonist will survive. It is the victors who gain status, resources, and/or territory from their win. Thus, war is an inevitable element of human existence due to social influences, global progress, and disagreement among countries. War is inevitable because it is accepted and taught by society. People are taught to fight with weapons and learn to fear those who are deemed a threat. While people are blinded by the propaganda that war will ultimately bring peace and war is fought for a cause, the reality is, countries go to war to gain power, territory, and resources. War will always continue if soon-to-be soldiers romanticize it; soldiers want to be a part of something bigger and participating in war is advertised as making a positive difference. In a memoir, Caputo said that soldiers went to war without any knowledge and full of illusions, and often left with the idea that they were doing something for their country. In reality, any excuse for war is possible as long as it is seen as a necessary method to protect the country (Wilson). While this ideological patriotism prevails, there will always be a soldier willing to join the military in an act of patriotism. They will be seen as heroes of a noble act; soldiers believe they are repelling an aggressor by fighting and even dying for their country. Just as E.O. Wilson believes that wherever there is an enemy, soldiers
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