Eugenics can be defined as ‘The belief and practice of improving the genetic quality of the human population. The term has a legacy of association with involuntary castration and genocide, but these crimes can be considered the method of achieving eugenetic ideal, not the principle of it. The concept of genetic quality is also loaded, because what determings the quality of ones genes, Darwin teaches us it is circumstances and survival, which makes it a subjective thing. Eugenetics practiced by an individual thus ends up looking for traits of the ideal human according to that individual, in Hitlers case it was Aryianism, an composit imaginary master race.
Eugenics happens as soon as humans excert influence on who has offspring and who hasn’t based on their ideals
Today Hitler is dead, and one would assume in his absence normal evolution has resumed, but that is not the case. Normal evolution assumes there is no intention or thought behind the succes or failure of individuals in life, whether they are man or woman. But in our society there clearly is thought behind it. Many forces conspire to shape humanity and a large part of those forces are ideals concepts served by people. Our succes in life and our succes at creating offspring is not determined by nature, not from the moment we recieve our first live saving medical treatment, not from the moment we enter a modern economy. Today, humanity is shaping its genes as if it was nature, and within humanity philosophies and beliefs are shaping genes towards their ideal.
Eugenics is implicit, even if nobody consciously strives for a certain ideal, they disadvantage the people they don’t support.
If we accept that we discriminate certain individuals in our modern economy simply because they are genetically less capable of living up to its ideal (as it is portrayed in the media for instance, there are many to choose from), then we can ask what happens to the people that are least capaple. Without any intent any society will create advantage for those capaple of living up to its ideals, and as a consequence any society will ‘punish’ those that can’t. On a wider scale all individuals on our planet form a hierarchy of support where individuals help each other achieve their ideals, and there is a bottom to this hierarchy or disconnected, less capable, less organized, disadvantaged people. There always will be.
Eugenics leads to the death of the unsupported
The question is what happens to those people on the bottom of the support hierarchy. On a global base, they die. They die in Gaza, they die in Syria, they die in Iraq. They don’t have enough support to survive. One would say ‘But they are not genetically inferior’ but inferiority is subjective, it means rejected by someone that feels superior (which usually means that person is simply a narcissist). People dying in war zones are simply not supported or protected enough and their genes will disappear in accordance with the ideal of those that survive.
Already, by taking unsupported war victims as an example, we can identify the divide of lethal vs. non-lethal eugenics. War is lethal eugenics with respect of the combined ideal of all survivors. Everyone that does not support fighting factions to stop fighting is complicit in this process. There are many that are totally fine with syrians killing syrians or Isreal killing gazans, or sudanese tribes killing each other. There is a point to be made in favour of allowing these wars to go on, and that is that the most agressive individuals will be killed and we will be left with a more bening population. But this kind of thinking moves us into the direction of Hitler style eugenics. One that was also lethal.
Some people are fine with the lethal effect of their non-support, others would never be.
Non-lethal eugenics tries to prevent the birth of individuals that have a high chance of suffering in our society. It happens along side with the lethal kind with more or less prominence, dependent on which country or region you consider. Non lethal eugenics is driven by a core belief that a life is important, no matter how weak or inadequate. It is driven by love. By supporting all life that occurs there will still be eugenic forces, but humans won’t destroy their own kind, and no individual can deliberately distort our evolution. Both the people in favour of lethal eugenics and those in favour of non-lethal eugencis have their own will to live, but it seems that in the first that will has been challenged more often, and has hardened into an exclusive kind, while in the non-lethal proponents the core is still that of compassion.
Probably nobody thinks about their eugenics method preference as is suggested above, but that is why I write about it. It is unconscious, indirect, implicit. It is part of the effects we have without thinking about it. The reason is because economics makes many of us lethal eugenics agents while we would never choose to be that. The reason is that political parties may have an implicitly lethal eugenetic agenda by supporting economic ideals. Nobody will deny we are in a world where the succes of individuals depends on whether they can operate in the economic system. Strangely economics is a eurgenic force while it does not have an ideal. If economics had an eugenic ideal it would be that of a servant/consumer. A mediator of the economic process (which is the process of consumption of our natural resources). Humanity is now exposed to a eugenic force that does not care about its survival.
Even as people, politicians etc. try to steer us towards a non-lethal, love based society the best they can, the economic and financial principles they live by do the opposite. The reason is simple : Resouces are scarce, so there are those that get them and those that get less. But also : If you don’t make resources scarce, you will get a lower price. So let’s make them scarce. And also : We need to keep selling oil, so any solution that does not depend on oil, which may free and secure people in terms of energy, should be repressed. And also : Those countries have to give their oil to our country so we can thrive economically, and for that reason we will go to war.
The lethal-eugenics people don’t mind if the economy becomes more lethal, more elitist, if countries suffer because they have less money or because they get tricked into financial deals that cause them to go bankrupt. Even if that means many in those countries will become poor, use drugs, go into prostetution, get sick and die. But the international economy doesn’t care who suffers, there have to be people on the low end of the economic ladder. Those at the high end may be ugly toads, it is the hierarchy that counts. Economics is shaping humanity in a way has nothing to do with humanity.