[W]e know without the benefit of fossil records that the fittest on this earth will not survive and that salvation of the faithful, through a supernatural selection, is the only true principle of life. — F.R. Duplantier
The excerpt above is from a “Behind The Headlines” commentary I used to recycle at the end of every year. I first published it in a 1986 issue of The New American devoted to the evolution/creationism debate. Having realized that the word evolution had been hijacked by socialists and narrowly redefined to exclude divine and individual initiative, I decided to reclaim the word and restore it to its original fullness. Yeats’ “Sailing to Byzantium,” interpreted as a metaphor for personal evolution (for the artist, or any human being), provided the framework for the commentary.