Sunday, December 15, 2013

De-evolving?

From The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/20/children-unable-run-fast-parents-heart-fitness

Children unable to run as fast as parents' generation, study shows

Global conference on heart fitness hears research that says each generation is getting slower and heavier than one before
Am I the only one that finds this... notable? We are exploding in population, but the humans we are producing are de-evolving. "On average, it takes children 90 seconds longer to run a mile than their counterparts did 30 years ago. Heart-related fitness has declined 5% each decade since 1975, for children aged 9 – 17." Now, we might be slower than our way-long-ago ancestors were, those who had to run from, say, saber-toothed tigers and such, but what's the deal here?


We have programs like "Play60" because kids should get 60 minutes of good active play time but are not. This article mentions that phys-ed classes are going away. And kids are getting fatter. I was one of those last ones picked for sports in gym class, and I still could run and play and was an active little thing. We ran. We played kick-ball. We rode our bikes. We breathed actual outdoor air.

It boils down to this: We are not creating quality here. If we were a growing population of really good stewards of the Earth, living with Nature instead of fighting it, becoming better and better instead of descending into Idiocracy, then I wouldn't say a word. Not a peep. But we are not.

Evolution: We're doing it WRONG. Darwin rolls in his grave, and we fill the planet with way too many unhealthy progeny who will simply further trash the planet, because soon, like in the movie Wall-E. humans will be gelatinous blobs of helpless useless goo.

I'm failing to see the point.

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