Wow, what a confluence of events! Right now, much of the world is inflamed with the demand for democracy and economic justice. From the First to the Third World, people are in revolt – against dictators, military rule, oligarchs and plutocrats, kleptocracies and corporatetocracies. This is the first, but not the most serious, of two world-wide problems.
The second world-wide problem, and the more serious of the two, is the degrading of the world’s environment, through, mainly, the joint action of population growth and the over-consumption of resources. Add to that the consequences of our fossil fuel based technology – the carbon over-loading of the atmosphere and oceans, resulting in climate wierding, sea level rise, the loss of oceanic life and who knows what else that is yet to come. And add to that the growing extinction rate of other species. The problem, in other words, of our having set in motion processes that will, eventually, make the Earth considerably less habitable for ourselves and, ultimately, uninhabitable for ourselves.
The esteemed cosmologist, Steven Hawking, now says that space colonization is the only way to ensure human survival (Steven Hawkin), predicting disaster on Earth in the next 100 years. He blames this coming disaster on our selfish and aggressive genes – but fails to recognize that we will carry these same genes with us to other worlds where it is, then, likely that we will do there what we’ve done here.
The idea of eugenics is the improvement of a human population (or the species) through the deliberate selection of desirable traits and the elimination of undesirable traits, achieved through the control of breeding. The eugenics movement, however, came into disrepute after being associated with some of the practices of Nazi Germany, such as the removal of Jews, Gays, Gypsies and so on from the German population. But … could we now practice a new kind of eugenics, aimed at the removal of those “selfish and aggressive genes” from the human population – thus producing a species that is more inclined towards peace and equality?
If one were to imagine the creator of all life, sitting on his/her throne up there somewhere, having a conversation about humanity with his/her senior angel, it might go something like this: “Well, if these humans can, finally, get their shit together, they will save their planet and live happily ever after – but that’s not looking very likely. Their eugenics movement, on the other hand, holds some promise. If they can pull that off, then we can allow them to leave the planet. If not, we’ll have to quarantine them on Earth until they kill themselves off. That will be too bad, of course, but we’ll just have to write it off to another failed experiment.”