I was fortunate to be introduced to a quote by John Stuart Mill (1866) which goes, “Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.” It would appear to me that this seams to be true today.
Much like Huxley’s fictional genetically engineered society, nature gives us the same five genetic castes. I reference in descending order the first five letters of the Greek alphabet: Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons. While upper castes are bred for logical, and critically thinking intellectual means, the lower castes are bred with less intelligence and can be easily lead or better stated mislead.
I was giving some thought that our lives, our destiny, outlooks, etc, must be preprogrammed in the human genome upon conception. Just as we are all branded from birth on the edge of our tongue, so must our progressive outlooks or lack there of, must be dictated from birth and stratification upbringing. I reference the debate of which has more influences on a person, “Nature or Nurture.” I take the perspective that you have to start off with the proper raw material resources to educate, reason, and allow the clarity of mind to come to the correct conclusion. If a person does not have the mental capability to comprehend reason and logic, you may as well have a blob of protoplasm.
Then I questioned if the DNA could then be intelligently rewritten correcting the short comings. In the era of post genomic medicine, our DNA is likely to be spliced and edited so we can all enjoy life’s bliss’s, rendering awesome peak experiences, and the spectrum of attitudes and perspectives that one approaches everyday life.
I also cannot help but reflect upon those of a more simple mind; those who enjoy an enviably sheltered life and an enviably cozy lack of imagination nor task of critical thinking. It must all be a so simplistically sugar coated, pseudo realism.
I am speaking of those who can be programmed so easily in the Pavlovian style behavioral conditioning and eugenics. Those who can be told and accept the suggestions that the price of universal happiness will be the sacrifice of the most hallowed shibboleths of our culture: “love of God”, “motherhood”, “home”, “apple pie”, “family”, “freedom.” Those doing the programming do not need to explain these meanings when using the catch phrase words as reference….they just merely need to mention the words. The simple mind will insert their personal meanings without questioning the statement nor think any deeper than that surface.
I can also understand people wanting to regress to the times when they were the happiest. Many times this means the time of their carefree childhoods where the good guys always won, a life without want because it was supplied by their parents, and after a full day of summer’s play, their biggest complaint that their bedtime was too early with the whining statement of, “But the sun is still out.”
Unfortunately there are no euphoric drugs for the logical and critical thinking mind.