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X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson is one of the comics of the very popular X-Men series. But there are some things that are contained in this book that people don’t even think about when they read it. In this comic, there are many evolutionary concepts present. Out of all of them, one in particular stood out to me the most. This concept is one that people have probably heard most about and know what it is without having to look it up. However, there is one problem.
The evolutionary concept of “survival of the fittest” is largely misconstrued among people today. Most people think this means that only the physically strong survive, but that is rather incorrect. Survival of the fittest means that those who are able to adapt to the environment they are a part of are better off. Just because someone is bigger and stronger than someone else does not mean that they are going to out live them. This is a major theme in X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills. The X-Men do whatever than can to survive and the fact that they can mutate helps them in that regard tremendously. It’s hard for the “muties” to live in a world where everyone is trying to hurt them. They haven’t done anything wrong but the Reverend is doing everything in his power to kill all of them.
I think the song “Titanium” by David Guetta is a good one to go with this idea because it relates to the mutants and how no matter what anyone says to them or does, they always make it through and are able to move on. The song says, “I’m criticized, but all your bullets ricochet, shoot me down, but I get up,” and this is exactly what the mutants do. If someone tries to hurt them, they just shake it off.
This song is about being able to rise above the bad things that people say and do to you. Everyone has experienced something in their lives that has hurt them in some way, but they have learned to rise above and look for the best in things. This is what this song is about. It is saying that they can say and do whatever they want to me but it wont affect me in any way. If one takes the time to listen to the lyrics, it is actually kind of a powerful song.
Survival of the fittest really shows through in one particular scene in the comic. This scene is where the Purifiers find Kitty and they try to shoot her but she phases just in time and the bullets pass straight through her. Later on, Nightcrawler says, “If Kitty’s concentration had slipped even a little, she would have suffered a horrible death.” This goes to show that because the muties have certain powers to help them in situations like this, they are able to survive longer, because had this been a normal human being, Kitty would have been dead instantly.
The song also says “Cut me down, but it’s you who’ll have further to fall,” and the way that I interpret this is that if they try to take the muties out, they will only end up fighting back and harder. The Purifiers and the Reverend need to realize that they are only hurting themselves by going after the muties because the muties have powers that they don’t and they will only end up getting hurt, or worse.
Survival of the fittest is all about taking advantage of the resources you have and using them to your benefit. In this case, the resources that the muties have are their powers, and we see throughout the book that they are always using them to their advantage when they need to. The thing about them, though, is that they never use them for bad unless it’s self-defense. They only ever use it when it is needed. This is how they adapt. Sometimes it is hard for them because people are scared of them due to the fact that they look different. Some people see them as monsters, when in reality, they are more human than some of the actual humans out there. They have never used their abilities to benefit themselves while hurting someone else in the process, unless it was trying to save someone’s like from someone who was trying to harm them. They are the good guys and if anybody should suffer, it should be the people who are trying to hurt them for no good reason.
The muties are both lucky and unlucky. They are unlucky in the sense that they are being criticized for something that they cannot control but lucky that they are the way they are because it helps them to survive in so many ways. These guys can get through anything.
Claremont, Chris, and Brent Anderson. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills. 2nd ed. New York, N.Y.:
Marvel, 2011. Print.
Guetta, David and Sia. 2011. Titanium. Nothing But The Beat.