I’ve heard some remarks about the coronavirus that natural selection is taking place when people die from the coronavirus. The strong live; the weak die. I’ve heard this same sort of idea applied as an explanation of miscarriage, that something may have been wrong with the baby. I find the idea of natural selection offensive, for people to be weeded out by “nature” due to weaknesses of some sort. I’m not very scientifically inclined. However, since this idea of natural selection so bothers me I would like to know (I think I would anyway…) if it has any bearing on these things. I absolutely wish to reject it.
The major reason I have a reflex reaction to the idea of natural selection is I have a child who was born with a neural tube defect. Her life has infinite worth regardless of her challenges. The idea that she would be weeded out—she and her lineage—because of them really raises my defenses. Such a scenario doesn’t seem at all like the sort of world God would design. He is good and gracious to the weak and poor. Her life makes me more aware of the value of all life.
Explanations, even bad ones, give us a way to cope with or consent to the absence of control over situations. I am of the opinion natural selection is a bad explanation. Is there any truth to it?
Thank you for your input.