Friday, May 22, 2015

Eugenics - From Obligation to Voluntarism

"The woman is not attracted by the man’s face, but by his force and courage. These qualities are believed to provide the child with a vigorous protection. Women love the muscles’ vigorousness, the broad shoulders. They don’t care if the man is rude; it’s enough if he’s strong. […] Spiritual gifts do not influence sexual attraction, because they are not passed on to the child. That’s why dumb, but well built men have a better way with women than spiritual ones. There are many love unions between rude, stupid, but robust man and gentle, educated and tasteful women" - Arthur Schopenhauer
This sentence is useful, not only for what is right, but also for what is wrong. In any case, it puts the emphasis in what attract women instead of what woman want, a subtle difference that many don't see.

Obviously, the sentence that gives Schopenhauer significance is the following:
"It is not the individual, but only the species, that nature cares for. She provides for the species with boundless prodigality through the incalculable profusion of seed and the great strength of fructification. She is ever ready to let the individual fall when it has served its end of perpetuating the species. Thus does nature artlessly express the great truth that only the ideas, not the individuals, have actual reality and are complete objectivity of the will." - Arthur Schopenhauer
Well, the Schopenhauer's "Species Will to Life" is in reality just the "Species Will"! This new reality, outside the individual, that encapsulates him, and represents the ultimate Will, is the explanation of what at first seems irrational, because is not what Individual wants, but instead, what Species does.

However, as many other philosophers, Schopenhauer was also vulnerable to self interest. He was able to free himself from the ubiquitous optimism that all ways of thinking are attached to, but the reality, again, is simple too much perverse to be fully appreciated, and he, as many others, end up promoting the stereotyped image of woman in a way that best fits its interests.
"Women are directly adapted to act as the nurses and educators of our early childhood, for the simple reason that they themselves are childish, foolish, and short-sighted—in a word, are big children all their lives, something intermediate between the child and the man, who is a man in the strict sense of the word. Consider how a young girl will toy day after day with a child, dance with it and sing to it; and then consider what a man, with the very best intentions in the world, could do in her place." - Arthur Schopenhauer
As usual, truth is secondary to a cup of tea! The problem here is not very complicated, the problem is that the quest for truth is motivated by the human instinct of survival and reproduction, the Species Will, and sooner or later, when ends meet, that quest ends. To endless continue the quest for truth is required a fanatic personality, some kind of messiahs, that is willing to sacrifice the Species itself in the name of truth.

No matter how you think society must be, imposition by itself is very limited, you have to make people want what you wish them to.

Eugenics have a simple idea behind, this idea is to clean species from bad genes, avoiding carriers of those bad genes from procreating. The problem has been the lack of perception of how reality really works and the compulsory approach is simple too much limited in this purpose.

Eugenics have been supported by people like Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, John Maynard Keynes, and obviously, Adolf Hitler, some of them, switching to the new and popular view of Diversity. This is a good example how this subject is more about politics than science. As I have been writing, Diversity and Conformity have two distinct places very well defined. Diversity is promoted by Natural Selection, in the interaction between Species and Environment, while Conformity is promoted by Sexual Selection, in the interaction between Organisms and Species. This means that you as an Organism should not worry your self with Diversity, your concern is about Conformity with the Human Species, and so, the importance of Eugenics.

Nowadays, despite the view of Human Species as a wonderful species, the reproduction process, and all intrinsic results, aren't different from any other species. This means, that in essence, reproduction of a monkey leaves to chance what reproduction of a human does. So, both species may be saw as a plantation of potatoes. Potatoes aren't organisms per see (edible tuber), and artificial plantations are asexual, nevertheless, the results due to randomness gives us the idea how people is reproduced, how things are left to randomness in a uncontrollable reproduction process. Sexual Selection is like the Super Market owner, blocking the "ugly"potatoes.

Eugenics tries to control this randomness that systematically results in deleterious genes (diseases). In its more rude version, it targeted individuals with clear deficiencies, culminating in realities like the Hartheim Euthanasia Centre, where forced euthanasia was carried against patients in a policy of "racial hygiene". This was not more than unnecessary cruelty, because no matter what they did against disabled people, Sexual Selection is doing better. But how can you see it when your thinking is centered in Races instead of Species? Because those victims weren't just disabled in a social point of view, they were disable in a sexual one. The discrimination of Sexual Selection turns any Nazism and its Race centered view into a naïve ideology.

Despite all of this, we are all Eugenics, because that is the Species Will. What we don't want, are solutions that promise everything and deliver nothing. So, our voluntarism for Eugenics is real for technology that allow us to diagnose congenital diseases before they happened. In this way there is no need to impose death to any person when that person doesn't comes to existence in the first place.

The Will to healthy offspring is the standard Will that explains how Prenatal Screening is becoming so widespread without any blink of an eye! Concerning Genetic, and Epigenetic anomalies, thanks to the right instruments, nanotechnology, in vitro fertilization and others, Voluntarism will solve what Obligation don't.

With time, those solutions will include as anomalies a spectrum that will be many times the one we have today. With time, Voluntarism, and the perception of reality as it really is, will avoid the "Ugly" Potatoes with Diversity seen as the old and clumsy excuse for human failure!

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