In addition to being flattering, this doctrine has the benefit of rendering unnecessary any real knowledge of history. Since we already know we are superior to our ancestors and are only going to become more superior as time goes on, why would we try to understand them, much less learn from them?
This is the precise opposite of what all religions have taught since the beginning of time. They present history as a process of involution, according to the law of increasing entropy—and this is the very antithesis of evolutionism. Evolutionism is the result of a biological process adopted as general philosophy, and it is typically bad philosophy.
We must insist (and we will elaborate on this point in our section on anthropology) that an objective look at reality supports the religions. History properly understood moves down rather than up, and it is rarely flattering. The true story of ‘progress’ is a tale of progressive decadence. The scientists themselves would see this quite clearly if only they would examine their own ‘laws,’ namely the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which is really just a restatement of the metaphysical law of involution we have already mentioned, but applied to physical systems.