According to Richard Dawkins the "fittest" have the most offspring and hence the most descendants and in that manner the species advances.
And the "success" of an individual is measured by the number of descendants they leave to posterity - nothing else counts in the long run.
A bleak world view, which does nothing at all to advance an answer to the question as to why we are here in the first place(1).
Still if his ideas have any merit it should mean and end of the "green gene" within the human gene pool within a few hundred years.
Here is a case in point
Had Toni Vernelli gone ahead with her pregnancy ten years ago, she would know at first hand what it is like to cradle her own baby, to have a pair of innocent eyes gazing up at her with unconditional love, to feel a little hand slipping into hers - and a voice calling her Mummy.
But the very thought makes her shudder with horror. Because when Toni terminated her pregnancy, she did so in the firm belief she was helping to save the planet.
Incredibly, so determined was she that the terrible "mistake" of pregnancy should never happen again, that she begged the doctor who performed the abortion to sterilise her at the same time.
He refused, but Toni - who works for an environmental charity - "relentlessly hunted down a doctor who would perform the irreversible surgery.
Finally, eight years ago, Toni got her way.
At the age of 27 this young woman at the height of her reproductive years was sterilised to "protect the planet".
Well I don't know if the planet really needs to be protected but certainly the future of the human race does so this woman has probably done the right thing for humanity's posterity.
And a Darwin award is surely appropriate.
(1) The young woman who is the subject of this post seems to have answered this question for herself and come to the conclusion that we shouldn't be here at all. Hence her absurd assertion
"Having children is selfish. It's all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet," says Toni, 35.
Of course the exactly same assertion could easily be made about photosynthesizing plankton who release deadly oxygen into the atmosphere, well it is deadly if you happen to be an anaerobic bacterium.
Well I, for one, am all for photosynthesizing plankton selfishly maintaining their genetic line because I like breathing and it is just too bad that anaerobic bacteria have become a marginalized group at this point in the history of life on earth.
Call me human chauvinist
pig person if you like, I can take it