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Humanity has not Advanced (All that Much)

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2/10/2015 8:23:52 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Let me explain what I mean when I say that humanity has not advanced much. I'm sure you'll agree that some improvements are not as important as others (of course, all improvement is necessary, but there are priorities, you see.). There are some that change the face of civilization, but only go that far-- they are superficial changes (i.e. they don't change the actual structure of that civilization). Technology and medicine for the most part are superficial changes. They change the way we make things and how fast we can ship them and how long we live, but they don't change the structural system of a society (a capitalistic/democratic country can be capitalistic/democratic with or without computers, polio vaccines, etc.). But you'll notice that the majority of all improvements humanity has made are these superficial changes. We went from killing each other with rocks to killing each other with swords, and later on guns and bombs; but the entire way we were still killing each other. We went from cutting down forests one tree at a time with an ax to using chain saws and other large machinery, but either way we were still cutting down forests. We went from sending messages by mail to sending messages via email, but either way we were still sending messages. We went from dying at 40 to dying at 80, but either way we were still dying. Got the hang of it? And like I said, these improvements account for the vast majority of all human improvements.

But superficial improvements are not as important or as necessary to positive change as structural improvements. One may bring up one very famous structural change: the movement from monarchy (traditional government) to republicanism (often called democracy). This has been touted as one of the single greatest improvements in human history, and to our misfortune that would be correct. Yes, the single greatest feat of humankind in our 200,000 year history is the change from monarchy to republicanism. Why is that unfortunate? Because the reality is that it was not much of a big change. In the book Propaganda, written by none other than the father of public relations, Edward Bernays (I really recommend it; it's only 175 pages long), he says, on the first line and first page, the single most profound insight into the workings of democracy, "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country." That's right; democracy is not rule by the people, instead it is rule by people manipulated by those in power. In a monarchy, you are forced to do things and stay in line under threat of death. You end up doing exactly what the government wants you to do. In a democracy, you are manipulated by propaganda by those in power. The result is that you end up doing exactly what the government wants you to do. There is no freedom in either and those in power get exactly what they want (it's just that now, they run less of a risk of being rebelled against, so it's even better for them). Yes, you are allowed to speak your mind under a democracy, but democratic rulers rest easy because they manipulate public opinion, and thus the majority of people will only say what the rulers need/want them to say. This is not a structural improvement; it is simply a structural change. And a worthless one at that. A real structural improvement would be the removal of government altogether, but that is not possible. Do you know why? Because while superficial improvements account for the vast majority of changes, structural improvements account for the rest. There is one last level of human improvement that has scarcely been touched, if at all: improvements in human nature. Improvement in this area would be necessary if we want to run a stateless society.

This [improvement in human nature] is the most important and profound level of improvement. Why? Because human nature is the reason people go to war. Human nature is the reason humans are so violent. Human nature is the reason why so many children become abused. Human nature is the reason why people hold onto toxic and nonsensical beliefs. Human nature is the reason why humans refuse to think of the consequences of their actions, despite the fact that they know very well that what they do is wrong. Human nature is the reason why humans are racist and xenophobic. Human nature is the root of all corruption and is the true barrier to human improvement. No structural improvement can mitigate it. But can you name one improvement in human nature made in the whole of human history? No, we've always went to war and we've always been xenophobic and we've always been unreasonable. All despite the fact that we could have very well changed it. How? Well, the same way we changed the nature of wolves and wildcats to become domesticated and the same way we continue to manipulate their behavior: selective breeding. Creatures act the way they do due to their genetics. If you improve the genetics, you can improve human nature. But this has only been attempted in a fashion almost too human: violently, via eugenics. This kind of change can be done voluntarily, but it requires humans to recognize what they are: deeply troubled beings in need of basic change. That's the first step to improving the world, but again, humans are too proud to admit that they are malformed beings.

That, friends, is our first barrier: pride. Once you throw away pride and realize that human nature must change, and that serious steps must be taken to do so, you will have contributed to human improvement. But no human generation before us had the nobility to do such a thing, and it is for that reason that no true improvements have ever happened. So, are we to learn from our past mistakes and mend our ways, or will we be forever doomed to mediocrity? Only time can tell.
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2/10/2015 10:39:57 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I want to add that all eugenics programs thus far have based themselves off of racist or xenophobic ideology. This is the problem with humanity: even when they try to improve human nature, they base these programs off of the most perverse aspects of that nature, thus defeating their own purpose. It's a catch-22 situation, that can only be solved by completely rejecting our humanity. Why? Because so long as we embrace our nature, we cannot see outside of it and any attempts to improve will prove to be in vain.

So there are two steps anyone can take to pave the way forward for humanity: 1. realize that humanity is a genetically deformed species (throw away pride) and 2. detach from your humanity and become critical of human nature (use your Alien Eye!). Hopefully, then, humans will begin to voluntarily partake in selective breeding, without the constraints and failures of past attempts.