Warren Miller: World war caused genetic brain drain?
Vail, CO, Colorado
It doesn’t matter whether you believe in evolution or creationism, here is a brand-new theory that I came up with that you can argue about.
What happened to almost the entire world supply of potential great leaders for today?
Let’s assume that man has been on the planet for millions of years. Certainly, through the thousands of generations, human intelligence has definitely improved in a lot of different areas.
I contend that a lot of that improvement has occurred because of selective breeding. It is just the same in human beings as it is in cattle, horses, sheep or any other lifeform.
For example: A renegade entrepreneur from Pittsburgh didn’t like living in Pittsburgh and working in the steel mills, so he saved his money and eventually moved to Southern California. About that same time, another renegade didn’t like to live and work in Chicago, so she, too, moved to Southern California. They eventually met, got married and created 3.2 children, and in my opinion, the 3.2 kids are the result of that unconscious but still selectively bred marriage.
In the early 1950s, I was filming and traveling in Europe and I could spot an American woman a block away because they were just different. This was back when carpenters in Switzerland were only making 10 cents an hour.
Those California women that I spotted on the streets of Europe were the descendants of hundreds of generations of people who did not like where they used to live. They got their act together and moved somewhere else for a better life.
During World War II, which began in 1939 and continued until 1945, the armed services were made up of the strongest, the brightest and the most patriotic men and women in America. The same thing applied to men and women from countries all over the world.
Those American fighting men and women were called the Greatest Generation. They were the ones who charged out of the trenches first, the men who flew the most dangerous missions and the women who attended their wounds.
Worldwide, those world’s best men and women were killed on the battlefields and their many thousands-of-years-long gene pools were interrupted forever.
If the estimated 500 million men and women who were killed in that war worldwide had lived, they would have produced another generation even better than theirs. More than 5,500 of our best Marines were lost on just the first day of battle at Iwo Jima. China lost 12 million workers and civilians; Russia lost 27 million in the military and 19 million civilians. England lost 760,000. France lost 870,000, but so many more were lost trying to save France and stop the Third Reich.
Besides my contention that the gene pool for leadership was decimated, I also think those same leaders, not being here, have not been able to pass on the importance and value of being a true American … what it really means.
So, now that you’ve read my theory, what are your thoughts?
Filmmaker Warren Miller lived in Vail for 12 years, and his column began in the Vail Daily before being syndicated to more than 50 publications. For more of Miller’s stories and stuff, log on to WarrenMiller.net. For information about his foundation, The Warren Miller Freedom Foundation, go to http://www.warrenmiller.org.