If we puzzle over what has been laid down, quietly, over the last hundred years, we ascertain that we are ready for a new leap of hubris.
Throughout history, our hubris is monotonic, monotonous, identical – to leap from our being as creation, to become the Creator.
Then the LORD G_d said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”–therefore the LORD G_d sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.
So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.
Is it G_d’s fear, or rather the words or our own arrogance, to eat from the tree of life?
Also, from the days of old we read:
“Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”
So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.
Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.
Dr. Goebbels, as readily as Robert Kennedy, could have asked:
There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask “Why?”
I dream of things that never were, and ask “Why not?”
Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw
Likely, we have evolved rapidly into societies because of our inbred xenophobia. We are programmed from birth to scrutinize faces; to order their common and familiar features; and to fear and mistrust those who look like the Others. It is the nature of Homo sapiens cruans; we shall either outgrow it, or it will kill us very soon. It is the biological fiction of race. It is nothing in real biology, but it inserts a separation pressure amongst peoples. They change in their facial phenotypes; they diverge and move away, out of mutual fear. In about 40,000 years, it drove this little species from Africa to the other continents, across the globe. There are no other species which invented seafaring so as to get away from their fellows; there is no need. For us, it is a survival instinct.
We are on the precipice of a new craft – the inventing of the races, rather than their discovery. Huxley offered the crude chemical production of the underclass, in bottles. But now, we have modern psychology – the study of the dark side, of manipulating others as objects – of advertising, and treating people as performing animals – and now at the cusp of chemical genetics, can manipulate behavior.
Remember, it is only a short thousand years that the breeds of dogs have blossomed. They differ in habitus and personality as much as they differ in form. Some are unthinkingly obedient and live for the master; others are fiercely independent and self-owning entities.
The Modern Experiment has begun to shift the nations and audiences towards certain unthinking habits. How much faster this can be, using genetics? We can separate Homo sapiens into the Leadership Race and the Follower Race – all those very fictions that we asserted about the colored races, only to find that they were absolutely nonsense, only our own self-delusion. But now, we have the capacity of making whole peoples who are discomfited by freedom, anxious in independence, braving only the simplest decisions in eternal anxiety. The bureaucratic class, the subservient class.
We can only achieve these things by habit now, by classical conditioning, by brute Skinnerism. Think how much can be done with the Gene of Obedience! …nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them, we imagine G_d saying to Himself. now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”
So we imagine. I rather imagine G_d saying – what did they f*ck up this time?