Survival

The Ethics of Cultural Murder
If the human species is to survive it must provide a benign, worldwide, uniform culture as a working environment. This is essential for a creative species.
 
Since the human is neither instinctively nor intellectually uniform, there will be variances in individual behavior around a central average. 
The behavior of an individual is often contrary to that desired by the majority.
A true description of a culture includes all behaviors, even those it tries to curtail. In that case both the undesired behavior and the behavioral effort to control it are parts of the culture. 

That individual, however, contributes to the culture, even though his contribution may be counter to that of the desires of the culture. Both the murderer and the police homicide department formed to apprehend him are elements of the culture.
  
The culture in the United States is quite broad, and includes many behaviors which are not optimum for the survival of the species. Murder is one of those behaviors.

Whether war, terrorism, genocide, criminal murder, criminal execution, euthanasia, assisted suicide, abortion or infanticide, each creates an anxiety in all individuals. That anxiety is subtracted from each individual's objective thinking and productive ability. Each of these practices contributes to a cheapening in the value of the human individual. Each is a base practice which detracts from the intellectual culture.
 
These practices do not fit well in a benign intellectual cultural environment. Each involves brutality to the victim and by the killer. The loss of the individual, though tragic, is a small part of the damage. The effects and social acceptance of such practices brutalize all human society. While the need in an intellectual culture is for respect for all human life, murder practices cause contempt for the value of human life. Some of these practices are not avoidable at the present time. All must be minimized and eventually eliminated.
 
The most deep-seated of all instincts in all mobile organisms is the will to survive. Threats to survival are acted upon with the highest priority. Since the human is intellectual, most behavioral decisions are based heavily on memory (experience, training, education).
 
Any ongoing threat to survival is thereby prominent and enters into every decision process. Living under any threat against survival develops deep-seated anxieties, taking time away from creative pursuits for danger appraisal and precautions .
 
An intellectual culture, an absolute necessity for human survival, loses efficiency when a portion of its productivity is siphoned off by unease and fear. It is absolutely essential that human culture be one of dependable safety and confidence. A deep and universal respect for human life is essential in such a culture.
 
Although many predators kill outside their own species, it is usually for food. When not for food, it is, in most cases, to eliminate competition for food. There are very few that will kill within the species. In most cases of strife within a species it is only the male that is involved and the intent is to drive away, to protect a territory for food or sex, but not to kill. In several species, death may result from the strife but it is not the intent of the strife.
 
Premeditation in killing (deliberate murder) within a species is extremely rare other than in the human species, where it is quite common by both sexes. It is in fact a part of modern human culture and is expressed in several ways.
 
The human, due to its application of intellect to the solution of environmental problems (medicine, copious food, shelter, clothing, compassionate cultures, etc.), is in a state of evolutionary degeneration. Through the inventiveness of the human, the gene pool cleansing effect of the natural environment has been largely suspended. Deleterious mutations are predominant and are subsidized, thereby accumulating in the gene pool.
 
The evolutionary direction of the human is degeneration, not diversity. This human degeneration effects both physical and intellectual mechanisms. This process must be recognized and steps taken to offset it.
 
In the long run the complete redesign of the human, with the possibility of eliminating sexual reproduction, may be necessary in order to stabilize the human gene pool and provide an optimum social environment that will capitalize on the human intellectual abilities.

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)
 
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