Darwin didn't use the word evolution in the first edition because of its implications of a progressive process. (He did use the word in the final paragraph, but this was in a different context). I am reading the first edition at the moment, I'll let you know if I find anything that supports your position.
To move lower is entropy confirming creation. To move in the same direction would not be a change, just a descendant. To move higher is evolution.If life wasn't meant to be lived then why is there death?
The delusion under which you are laboring has a history which predates Christianity. It is Aristotle's scala naturae, or: "Great chain of being", and is rejected by modern biologists as an imposition of human value systems on a value-free biological world. It is not hard to find it reflected in the language of naturalists in Darwin's time, and even today there are many (mostly laymen) who continue to make this error. I hope we can soon reach a point where this detail can be regarded as adequately addressed here, because I was sort of looking forward to seeing some actual discussion on the evolution of behavior (which was purported to be the topic of this thread).