The Death of Human Transformation
One thing is certain, that the well-developed, well-integrated personality is the highest product of evolution, the fullest realization we know of in the universe. ~ Julian Huxley, “Transhumanism”
After six thousand years of Western civilization we are finally living in the time when that childish belief can be put to rest once and for all. For we, the humans – especially the American humans – of the 21st century have proved beyond all doubt that the highest product of human evolution – in fact the only product worth cultivation – is a well-developed, well-integrated sense of greed. We now understand that our highest evolutionary function, indeed our only important function as a species, is the making of money.
And for 99% of us, it is not even the making of money for ourselves. We are here to make others, a tiny sliver of exceptional humans, wealthier than any fabulous Arabian potentate of myth ever dreamed of being. This is, indeed, a marvelous time to be alive, a time when we can sacrifice our lives to the greater glory of superior beings larger than our puny selves, beings whose ability to…appropriate wealth by whatever means has shown them to be worthy of our renunciation of our own welfare in order to ensure their increasing riches.
It is clear that we recognize this reality for no other people in the history of the world have so voluntarily surrendered their own earned wealth to the bulging coffers of the elite. In any other society the…appropriation of what is rightfully ours would have caused disruptions, unrest, even revolution. But not here. In America we have acknowledged the superiority of the 1% and we allow them to take whatever they want not only without a murmur of protest but with gratitude, and all this because they promise that if we do, we will all, all 99% of us, become members of the 1%.
OK, so the arithmetic doesn’t make any sense. As our 1% bankers explained repeatedly during the mortgage crisis, this isn’t about mathematics. It’s about optimism, it’s about progress, and, ultimately, it’s about Faith. They, the Masters of the Universe, are like Gods. So, do we believe in our Gods or don’t we? Do we have Faith in them or don’t we? If we refuse to have faith in their superiority, they have said they will destroy the Earth in their anger, just like the old Gods used to promise to do. Clearly it is best to have faith and we recognize that.
Besides, isn’t it a relief to have the responsibility of growing up taken away and put into the more able hands of the economic elite? We have become a small small people with small lives, small expectations, and even smaller hopes, and isn’t that the way it should be? The idea that humans could be more than living threshing machines, that we could aspire to our “fullest realization” has always been nothing more than a dream, an illusion that kept us pining for a condition we could never obtain. From Socrates to FDR, dangerous liberals have been fostering the concept of a humanity that could mature, could grow into a grace and intellectual attainment that would create true equality and even happiness right here on earth.
But that never was, could never be, more than a sickening illusion that has held us back from the days of the Greeks from realizing our real value as cogs in the great machine built and exploited by the 1% of us who are destined to rule. Now that we have stopped this enormous waste of energy in its tracks, we can end human evolution right here, freed at long last from the absurd effort to transform ourselves into something better or greater. That gig has already been taken by the 1% of the elite, and we are content that it should be so.
So let us raise our glasses (or our paper cups since many of us don’t have any actual glasses left) to this Brave New World.
It’s all we got.
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