|Survival of the Fittest by Patricia Griffin Brett|
So you can perhaps forgive me for thinking, some days, that Walker has a purpose in our evolutionary project, that he is something more than an unsuccessful attempt at mutation and variation. For thinking, probably vainly, that if his example is noted and copied and "selected," he might be one (very small) step towards the evolution of a more varied and resilient ethical sense in a few members of the human species. The purpose of intellectually disabled people like Walker might be to free us from the stark emptiness of the survival of the fittest. (p.234)
-"What do you think the world would be like without people like Walker--without kids like him, I mean, kids who have real setbacks?"
-"A world where there were only masters of the universe would be like Sparta. It would not be a kind country. It would be a cruel place." (p.181)
From: The Boy in the Moon, by Ian Brown