The Dangerous Assumption
By Joseph Cook, Grade 10

The concept of evolution, as presented by Darwin, has been an increasing source of debate in recent years.  A large majority of the scientific community herald his hypothesis as solid truth, and consequently set about to “prove it true” through various means.  While I will not delve into the scientific veracity of the concept of evolution, I would like to point out a dangerous assumption which is a consequence of believing evolution.

If evolution is true, then mankind (all humans) are a biological accident.  If evolution is true, then you, as an individual, are simply a genetic product of chance random events.  Thus, humans are simply advanced animals.  When this view is contemplated, a dangerous assumption is realized.  Believing that mankind is simply an advanced form of animal means that there is no moral code.  Essentially—we can do what we please.  

If evolution is true, then survival of the fittest is the standard, and murder is no longer a crime.  From an evolutionary standpoint, murder is simply the rooting out of weaker, less armed human counterparts.  If evolution is true, then murder is no less cruel than the fact that carnivores tend to hunt down slow, weak prey.

The consequences of believing evolution were played out in stark reality during WWII.  Adolf Hitler believed sincerely in the evolutionary concept.  In his book Mein Kampf, (which means ‘My Struggle’) his beliefs regarding evolution were made clear.  He believed that people, just as animals, were constantly vying for existence.  He wanted to aid evolution to the point that the “fittest” or, in his words, “master race” (which he believed were the Aryans) would be the only existing humans, thus fulfilling evolution’s hypothetical goal.  

Sir Arthur Keith, a British anthropologist and evolutionist, though not a Nazi drew this conclusion from his life during WWII: “‘The German Führer, as I have consistently maintained, is an evolutionist; he has consciously sought to make the practice of Germany conform to the theory of evolution.”

Hitler’s belief in evolution led to the mass murder of over six million Jews, not to mention the countless lives which were taken during WWII.  Many other leaders, including Karl Marx,  Joseph Stalin, and Pol Pot who believed in evolution, brought it to the logical conclusion that morals were non-existent, and the strongest would survive.

If evolution is true, then murder, theft, rape, and any other countless actions, which are generally labeled as “crimes” in our society –-are not crimes— but simply the fulfillment of evolutionary beliefs.  That is the dangerous assumption, which is a consequence of believing evolution.

Various articles on: http://www.answersingenesis.org

If you have any questions or comments directed at the author, feel contact: josephcookemail@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

The Process of a Production
By Maggie Poling, Grade 9

Tonight’s the night. After months of preparation; building the set, selecting the costumes, rehearsing with the actors, and so on…it has finally come. The curtains open, and the show begins.

I’m an actress, but I’ve also done the lighting, costumes, and stage managing of shows, too. What I’ve learned is that it’s all important. If you take away one job, the show would be nothing. Over the few years I have spent in the theatre, I have learned just how important each and every component of a show is. Now, I would like to share this “process of a production,” as I like to call it, with you.

Once a director has decided to direct a show, he or she must decide who they want on their team. The costume designer, stage crew, lightning board, spotlights, sound, choreographer (if it’s a musical), set designer…everything is vital for the process to go smoothly. Once all of this has been decided, that is when the actors audition, and rehearsals begin.

While rehearsals continue, the costume designer is rummaging around the costume room - and maybe their own closet - to find the perfect outfits for the characters. Not only the lead characters must be clothed, but the supporting roles and chorus as well. Considering the capacity of people this person is in charge of dressing in a limited amount of time, they get their work done by bringing the actors not on stage during rehearsal to the dressing room, where they work with each individual actor to select the perfect costume(s).

The lightning and sound must not only be performed, but designed. If the director is unknowledgeable about the lighting board, they will bring someone else in to decide when to fade out, fade in, when downstage should be lit, when upstage should be darker, what color lighting to use, etc. Once the lighting has been designed, the director must decide who will call the cues, and who will press the magic button to make sure each cue happens exactly when it’s supposed to. And of course, the spotlights, which must be designed and assigned to others, too.

Then there’s the sound. Many times, music will come with the script as a part of the rights to perform the show (the rights to the show must be purchased to avoid copyright infringement). However, if a CD is not provided, then the director must decide who is going to be the band for the production, and who will conduct this music for the director.

Inevitably, the set must be designed. It is important the director hire someone who knows how to work both a hammer and a paint brush, because both will be needed. While the set is being built, the actors have to be careful not to be in the way of the set designer, while also being in their designated spots on the stage.

The crew may be one of the most important roles of all. If there’s a scene change, the crew is responsible for changing the sets, knowing where the props are, and doing everything quickly without being seen. The stage manager calls the cues, scene changes of the show, when an actor enters the scene, and so and so forth. The stage manager is the boss once the show begins.

Of course, the production would be nothing without the actors. They work hard throughout the course of rehearsals by memorizing lines, remembering blocking (where they move on stage, which side they enter and exit from) projecting to the last seat in the house, and always staying positive. Even on the late nights and long days, the actors keep their end up just as much as everyone else.

It’s interesting to look at the different roles of a production, and how they all come together to make magic.

7/7/2011 06:18:56 am

@Maggie: Great article! I'm also a big actress and I love how all the different teams work together to pull together a show! I've been on stage and off doing pretty much everything, and it can be difficult, but when everyone works together, it comes out great. After all, you can't have a show without the crew, or the lighting, or the costumes.:D They are just as important as the actors


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