A creationist, an evolutionist, and a Darwinist were walking in the woods

They saw a patch of flowers.

“Why are these flowers beautiful?” asked the creationist rhetorically.

“OK” said the evolutionist, “Why?”

“For the joy of God and man,” said the creationist.

“No” said the evolutionist, “Beauty is subjective, in the observer, not in the flower, and nothing in nature has any purpose.  It just is.”

“No,” said the Darwinist.  “These flowers must be pollinated by a creature that drinks nectar by daylight, probably a bee, and the flowers are beautiful to please the bee, as a woman is beautiful to please her husband.”

“That is sexist,” said the evolutionist, “and why should bees care about beauty?”

12 Responses to “A creationist, an evolutionist, and a Darwinist were walking in the woods”

  1. peppermint says:

    brilliant koan 🙂

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  4. Glenfilthie says:

    I don’t get it.

    For us kids off the short bus, we are waiting for the punch line…like “And then the bear wiped his ass with all three of them…!!!”

    • jim says:

      The punchline is “men without chests”.

      Alternatively, you can read it as an explanation of why the Christian Creationist reaction, such as Sunshine Mary, get along so well with the atheist Darwinist reaction, such as Heartiste.

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  6. josh says:

    Well done.

  7. The evolutionist’s question actually does make sense and has an answer.

    Insects care about beauty to order to identify the right flower. Flowers are beautiful so they may be fertilized by the right insect.

    • jim says:

      That would explain why each kind of flower looks distinctive and different, but not why they are beautiful.

      • nikto says:

        You are culturally taught to think of flowers as beautiful, also are by nature inclined to see them as such. These are related to the utility of plants for human individuals and societies.

        A good weather feels good because it tells you you can survive and thrive.

  8. Zach says:

    This your creation Jim? Reads a lot like how you might word things.

    Not bad.

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