A Dismal Future
Since the dawn of man the process of natural selection has shaped
and molded the future of mankind, and our society today is no
different.  It may be hard to understand how the problems of today
can be related to genetics and natural selection, but every divorce,
violent act, and teenage pregnancy is all a result of the evolution of
the species.  With this in mind, a person can look down the road
leading to our future and take a guess as to where it may be
heading.
When you mention the break down of our society, one of the first
things people think about is our ever-increasing divorce rate.  
According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent
Psychiatry, “ One out of every two marriages today ends in divorce
and many divorcing families include children” (“Children and
Divorce”).   In looking for an answer for this increasing problem of
divorce, author Nigel Barber points out in his article “On the
Relationship Between Country Sex Ratios and Teen Pregnancy
Rates: A Replication”:
The hypothesis that a low ratio of men to women, both destabilizes
marriages and makes it more likely that young women will
reproduce early outside of marriage was supported by an analysis
of 42 societies for which the United Nations
published detailed information on population, structure and teen
childbearing. (26)
This theory is very evident in regards to African American women,“
A majority of African American women today are reproducing
outside marriage” says Barber, and this could be from “ both low
sex ratio and also by the inability of many African American men to
invest in children due to poverty, high unemployment rates, and
high rates of criminal incarceration” (27).
The trend across the country also follows the hypothesis in that the
poor uneducated women have fewer opportunities to find desirable
spouses so they are reproducing at younger ages and not getting
married.  The single mother is then economically challenged even
more and this is passed on to their children who continue the
cycle.  On the other end of the spectrum, the more economically
stable women are choosing education first over marriage, and are
very selective of their spouses, and this leads to these women
having fewer children later in life.
This rapid reproduction of minorities from the lower economic class
has also fueled an increase in multiracial children.  The American
Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry reports that “ About two
million American children have parents of different races” and that “
In the United States marriages between blacks and whites
increased 400 percent in the last 30 years, with a 1000 percent
increase in marriages between whites and Asians” (“Multiracial
Children”).
While this blending of races is not necessarily a bad thing, it does
have its complications.  In this country racial equality has come a
long way, but multiracial children face many challenges involving
identity and this can lead to problems that further feed the on going
evolution.
Along with the increase in multiracial children, this evolutionary
process has affected children in other ways as well.  Society has
created what we term latch key kids,  “Every day thousands of
children arrive home from school to an empty house, and it is
estimated that 40% of children are left at home at some time”
(“Home Alone Children”).  Multiracial, economically challenged,
and left alone to fend for themselves children feel a sense of
alienation and many times become problem teens.  A research
paper by M. Sankey and G. F. Huon identified alienation as  “An
individuals sense of separation or estrangement from society,
work, themselves or significant others”(95).  Sankey’s and Huon’s
research was to determine what part alienation played in juvenile
delinquency.  What they determined was that ultimately, the factors
that increase feelings of alienation and lead to juvenile delinquency
“ Derives from the quality of family life, and that poor parenting is
related to misbehavior and psychological distress as well as the
development of hostile and delinquent adolescent outcomes”(97).
Alienation is not exclusive to the poor and underprivileged,
however on a lighter note we can look at a symbol of the American
middle class family, the La-Z-Boy recliner.  In 1996, La-Z-Boy
Company was the third-ranked manufacturer of furniture in the US,
with $ 947 million in sales (Wilk 4).   Richard Wilk of Indiana
University stated, “ Until the 20th century, Americans never
imagined that the reward for hard work was lying still and passive
on a overstuffed chair for hours, surrounded by the nuclear family”
(4).   While middle class parents feel that they have worked hard
and deserve this relaxation time, what becomes of the children and
the quality time that they crave?  Alienation comes in many
disguises but it leads to the same results.

After looking at the research it becomes apparent that the persons
who are experiencing reproductive success are the lower class
individuals who have tendencies towards aggression, rapid
reproduction with little if no parental involvement, and a general
lack of self worth.  As each generation evolves the genes that
support this behavior are passed on to the next generation and the
next and so on until through natural selection society and culture
are changed.  Do we really have a choice or is our future all in our
genes?  It is a fact that we all possess neurotransmitters, better
known as hormones, that influence how we react, respond and
cope with life.  Since the dawn of man, we have been guided by
the evolution of the species as it adapts to our changing
environment, and our children are doing the same thing.  What we
perceive as a break down of society is in essence the natural
evolutionary response to the changing environment.  
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