I know you know this - but evolution doesn't mean improvement, it's adaptation to a changing environment.
Viewed through that lens the shift to unempathic, right wing, "**** you jack, I got mine" bullshitters says worrying things about how the environment is changing.
I've often thought that it might be possible for a species to evolve that destroys the environment before the dynamic equilibrium of an ecology is established. And I think we might be that species.
I awoke one morning last week from a troubled dream and lay in bed, profoundly depressed. As I contemplated our situation, it occurred to me that we not only may we be at end of the Holocene, but that we may take the other mammals with us. Even the seas may not protect mammals. Perhaps you will recall the Orca female who pushed her sea calf around with the pod for weeks before she finally abandoned the calf. Her pod is experiencing increased spontaneous abortions, and the death of newborns. This year the pelagic zoologists think they have identified a cause. The salmon are acting to water temperatures, and the salmon runs are taking place much earlier than in the past. The Orcas are arriving off the coast after the salmon run has gone upriver, and they believe the pod is now chronically malnourished.
Things aren't any better for the whales necessarily. Many of those are now thought to be undernourished. The whales who are filter feeders are getting their balleen clogged with microplastics. Those who beach and die are found to have intestinal linings coated with microplastics, too. They feed almost constantly, and they 're, nevertheless, starving.
You might well imagine how depressed I was for most of the day. Once again, we might only end this epoch, we may take the mammals with us.
Cherry sort, ain't I.