“The lightning fell so close to the man he felt the searing heat singe the hair on the right side of his face and arm. He remembered how good the animal he ate had tasted after it was charred by this fire from the sky. He picked up the branch that was still in flames in one hand and the creature he just caught and killed in the other. As he was headed back to the cave where he would try to use the fire to make his food taste good like before, two of his enemies leaped out of the shadows to steal his food.He turned and faced them wielding the burning branch and smashed one in the face with the fiery weapon and he realized he had just discovered a dual purpose for the fire, food and weaponry.”
And so it was with the tools that were used for building and working out their uses. Tools were turned into weapons to defend and or attack his enemies with. Throughout history, discoveries and inventions by mankind has been tainted with a doubled edged sword that helped and hurt themselves and others by misuse and the violent tendencies that is the cause of man's inhumanity to man from time immemorial. Now in the twenty first century, only seventy three years after the first atomic bombs were used in warfare, unleashing the greatest power yet engineered by man, technology has exploded exponentially in all of the known sciences, while mans social ethics and moral compass are dangerously lagging too far behind being able to be trusted with the incredible advances and powers that are at the crossroads of destiny or self-destruction of all mankind, and possibly of the earth and even the universe itself.
From experimentation with supercolliders that may open black holes, to runaway man made viruses, genetically modified foods that could cause mutation and world-wide crop diseases, the possibilities are manifold and innumerable, creating scenarios stacking the odds against our long-term survival. . It is pointless to prognosticate all of the potential harm that lurks in man's ability to misuse and create the Frankenstein Monster that may be our cataclysmic demise. What we can predict however is the repetition of a destructive aberration from our recent past that is ready to occur again with avengeance.
Eugenics came out of the bio-social movement of the early 1900's whose advocates promoted it as an applied science of genetic engineering to improve human hereditary traits to control population and create a superior human specimen. Thus a superior society. Nazi Germany embraced the philosophy for their racist and genocidal aims that led to the "Holocaust". The fallacy was that improved traits in humanity would lead to world peace by creating a more intelligent healthier human. For thousands of years before the term eugenics was coined, this idea was knowingly and unknowingly practiced by sending the uneducated and poor males of a society into battle while the privileged and elite's progeny were either given deferments or positions in the military less hazardous than the front lines where young men were sent to certain death. As far back as the biblical account of King David sending the husband of Bathsheba into battle and ordering that he be made vulnerable to the enemy to be killed, in order to hide his getting Bathsheba pregnant, sheds light on utilization of war and battle by leaders to dispose of themselves the undesirables.
Between 1912 and 1932, three International Congresses took place as a global venue for scientists, politicians, social leaders to investigate and discuss plans and programs to improve human hereditary characteristics in the twentieth century. While the Nazi embrace of Eugenics was used for an unthinkable horror inthe holocaust, the movement actually was re-invented and nurtured in America and England. President Theodore Roosevelt created a national Heredity Commission to discover the genetic heritage of the population and to encourage the good blooded families to increase, and the cross-bred inferior segment to decrease. Out of this, supported by the Carnegie Institute, came the establishment of the Eugenics Record Office. Soon sterilization laws were enacted allowing for compulsory sterilization of unfit offspring, “to better the race.” Other eugenic laws focused on limiting the right to marry. Tens of thousands of Americans in mental hospitals were forcibly sterilized.
The New Eugenics
“Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) (aka embryo screening) refers to the ability to perform medical procedures to diagnose for selecting both medical and non-medical traits in children. The parents can select sex, athletic ability, intelligence, hair and eye color etc... While the virtues of gene therapy to eradicate disease from human DNA, can be heralded as the greatest discovery for the benefit of mankind, can mankind not abuse this power and have it lead do our destruction and not our triumph? History is not on the side of man in this dilemma. The evidence in current events still point to our darkest nature when it comes to how we are dealing with world problems of hunger, poverty, disease and mans inhumanity to man.
Can we see this eugenic propensity to eliminate undesirables in our inaction to intervene in the ethnic cleansing genocides perpetuated around the globe? In the name of neutrality and sovereignty rights of other nations we let warring African tribes commit genocide. Instead of putting our full power and resources to end aids and other diseases that are killing millions, we instead only contain it and control it's progression within it's own borders.
The Elephant in the room
The conversation regarding stem cell research for spare human parts, the genetic engineering discoveries and advances that have the potential to encode immune system protection from many diseases and defects, have exciting possibilities, but if history repeats itself, and it will, there will be a new and improved human bloodline versus an inferior older model, the natural human. It is obvious that this is where it all is headed. But in the name of progress and scientific miracle working technology, no one wants to sound backward thinking and play the spoiler. Even though the dark evidence of racial intolerance leads to horrific genocidal behavior by the elite and those they deceive with their fantastic visions of utopia, they ignore the elephant that is not only in the room, but is teaching the new narrative.
So like before, when undesirables were sterilized and even quietly euthanized in the name of creating a “better peaceful world”...allowing people to genetically enhance and pre-select a “better baby” will invite an old and dangerous evil back into the already intolerant arena of racist mentalities.
The book “Boys from Brazil” gives a fictional snapshot of a potential reality. The main theme is the preservation future of The Third Reich by it's maniacal followers. With the story-line shows Dr. Mengele clones Hitler and the good guys tracking down of these (former) Nazi's. The writer attempts to show the reader what could have happened if some events had or hadn't occurred, but the possibilities in reality would be endless.
The events are about 7 men who are six former SS officers and Dr. Mengele, the infamous doctor who operated in the concentration camp Auschwitz, and experimented evil medical and scientific experiments. Mengele the story concludes, has cloned 94 boys from Adolph Hitler and is culling and sifting for the best of the group to find the perfect candidate to become the new Fuhrer of a resurrected fourth Riech. Speculation has it that in fact Hitler's DNA was preserved for a future attempt to clone another Fuhrer. No one can deny that many radical groups both nationalistic and religious would use this technology in the hope of resurrecting their former leaders and the dreams that failed at their deaths.
Many wealthy people have in fact have had themselves frozen in cryogenic states for this future hope of immortality. Where will a line be drawn? How far will we allow this technology to go before it's too late and genocidal cleansing of yesteryear will pale in comparison to future race wars fueled by fear and hatred as never before seen in the history of mankind?
The potential evils for genetic warfare are unlimited in scope and design. Can genes be designed to activate deadly diseases when two races are intermingled? Can genetics be used to create a human that is used only as a worker because all the genetic design effecting the brain factors for ambition and inspiration are de-tuned? The list of horrors can be endless. The time is now to address this approaching ethical dilemma that cannot be ignored or delayed,
We have all heard the axiom; “The definition of insanity, is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.” We have been down this road before. Eugenics, New Eugenics, Genetic Engineering, re-brand it what you may, but the goal is the same as before...man is going to make man better and save the world bringing in utopia. Our track record is clear, we will reap the same results as we have from the dawn of time, turning our good into evil and destruction because we have not figured out why we seek after the power of life and death instead of life only. We have technology we should not have. We are not evolved as compassionate living beings as long as we want to play God and make the decision who is fit and who is not fit to be gifted with life.
More questions to ask
Where billions of dollars are seen in the “Genetic Engineering Market” there are hard questions that must be asked. Will the military industrial complex capitalize on growing soldiers that have been engineered to eat less, sleep less, require less maintenance than robotics and machinery? Will they engineer soldiers without the genes that control sympathy and compassion in the brain? Even today there is an illegal black market where people are selling their organs to wealth clients who do not want to wait on the legal waiting lists. Will we see people selling their engineered children when the financial remuneration is a temptation to lucrative to resist? What will we see when via the black market, people will be able to “grow their own slaves” for various illegal and deviant purposes?
Throughout history we have had prophets warn us of these things. One is the very appropriate Greek Mythology of Icarus, whose father made him wings to fly with, but because he used wax to fasten them with, he warned his son Icarus not to fly too close to the sun. Icarus ignored his fathers warning and flew too high anyway and the heat of the sun melted the wax and his wings failed him and he fell to his death. Compared to the sophistication of our increasing technology verses our abberated social advancement and moral clarity, we are like the early cavemen who discovered fire. The only difference is that they survived because they could not burn up their caves of rock and stone. We have too many disturbed psychotic pyromaniacs who will set our now prefabricated flammable world aflame. What is the answer? The answer is in the axiom that “history repeats itself.” The question we must ask is, will we let it happen again?