Let us explore the issue.
Good Versus Evil
From biblical times to the present, there has been an ongoing battle between good and evil that has been waged. On one side, there are those who believe in a higher power and that mankind was made in the image of God, which is an immutable constant not to be trifled with or corrupted by human beings. Another way of saying that is that people in this camp believe that human nature itself has been immutable and constant through the millennia and that only by looking to God can mankind improve their condition.
On the other side are those who deny the existence of God. They believe that mankind is the supreme intelligence in control of human destiny, is malleable and can be shaped through science, and can evolve to a superior form of man through planning and experimentation by “natural leaders” over time. Therefore, in their view, there are no moral or religious constraints on the practices intended to evolve mankind toward some conceived—and ever-changing—vision of the future.
Many in the first camp would characterize the ongoing battle as “good versus evil.” Mankind has been arguing about, defining, and redefining what it means to be “good” for millennia. The ancients defined good in terms of “normal versus different,” “knowledge versus ignorance,” and later “right versus wrong” in the context of defining laws and justice. Societies and governments were organized around these concepts.
The concept of evil has also been defined by many cultures through the ages. The dictionary now defines evil as “morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked.” Most Americans (and most people in general) have an innate understanding of what is evil on a personal level. Some refer to that understanding as a conscience. Even the people in the second camp who believe that mankind is the supreme being may have consciences informed by religion and experience.
Governments have been organized to reflect, monitor, and control the cultural norms of the people governed. Logic dictates that those governments would also implement and enforce those cultural norms from a different philosophical framework from each other, partly as shaped by their respective religious philosophies and the various ideologies that have been developed and tested over the centuries, such as monarchical rule, Marxism, fascism, socialism, communism, corporate capitalism, patriarchy, oligarchy, philosopher kings, and so on.
Mutable Mankind in Atheistic Societies
The totalitarian ideologies that were developed and tested during the 20th century (particularly fascism and communism) denied the existence of God so that the governments that exercised those ideologies would be unconstrained by religious and moral boundaries in their pursuit of developing and grooming their version of “modern man” in their societies.
Examples of those perversions of mankind include the following:
Herrenvolk (Nazi Germany’s ‘Master Race’)
The Nazis were obsessed with racial theories that resulted in a pseudoscientific racial classification system in which “Aryans” (people of German and Nordic descent) were considered to be the “master race,” at the apex of the human pyramid and destined to “rule the world” (on Nazi terms, of course). Jews were considered by Nazis to be on the lowest level of the hierarchy.
Nazi society was organized around these concepts in order to develop and promote those with the “purest” Aryan blood at the expense of those with lesser classifications in the hierarchy. For example, German boys were educated, inculcated, and groomed in Nazi principles through the Hitler Youth program. Girls were brainwashed through two parallel programs: Young Girls was an organization for girls aged 10 to 14, while the League of German Girls was for girls aged 14 to 18, with the latter being focused on “comradeship, domestic duties, and motherhood.”
Homo Sovieticus (Soviet Man)
The Soviet Man was to be the ultimate proof that communism “worked” and that mankind could evolve for the better (as defined by the communists) without God’s guidance. The Russian communists attempted to shape individual consciousness, character, and social practices in order to get the people to conform to the Marxist view of the “perfect citizen.”
The Soviets experimented with telepathic research, cybernetic simulations, and mass hypnotism over television to control the minds of their citizenry. This was a forerunner of the mass formation psychosis being exploited by the left and globalists these days.
Chinese Communist Man
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has controlled education in China for decades to politically indoctrinate students at all levels according to CCP ideology, principles, history, racial theories, and global objectives, and, most importantly, to condition everyone to acquiesce to the CCP’s control of all aspects of Chinese society.
CCP leader Xi Jinping said in 2019, “We need to … strengthen political guidance for young people, guide them to voluntarily insist on the Party’s leadership, to listen to the Party and follow the Party.”
And the CCP is leading the world in implementing social controls to monitor all Chinese citizens’ compliance with CCP directives. Educate, monitor, control, and discipline: the perfect world with perfectly compliant citizens envisioned for all by the Chinese communists.
Mankind in Control
Theories initiated in the 19th century bore spoiled fruit in the 20th and 21st centuries. Karl Marx’s theories (Marxism) begat the Communist Manifesto, whose godless adherents continue to plague the world today. Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution begat eugenics, which the National Institutes of Health’s Genome Research Institute defines as “an immoral and pseudoscientific theory that claims it is possible to perfect people and groups through genetics and the scientific laws of inheritance.” John Dewey’s theory of progressive education similarly haunts U.S. public education to this very day.
Eugenics was and is particularly evil. Its adherents included the Nazis, Americans associated with the Population Society, the Committee on Eugenics—which studied selective and restrictive human breeding—and the American Eugenics Society.
Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt even promoted Nazi sympathizer and eugenicist Frederick Osborn to positions in government, including chairman of the Civilian Advisory Committee on Selective Service, chairman of the Army Committee on Welfare and Recreation, and chief of the Morale Branch of the War Department.
The Nazis used eugenics to justify the sterilization and, ultimately, elimination of “undesirables,” including Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, Slavs, and others. Eugenics theories led directly to the Nazi genocide that killed millions in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.
Eugenics was also the basis for implementing sterilization laws in the United States in more than 30 states, with some of those laws persisting until the 1980s, according to the NIH Genome Research Institute. More than 60,000 people deemed to be “idiots,” “imbeciles,” “promiscuous” (females), or “feebleminded” were sterilized in the United States in the 20th century.
Eugenics also heavily influenced Margaret Sanger. A eugenicist and racist, Sanger founded the Birth Control League (1921) and its successor, Planned Parenthood (1942). She supported several eugenics initiatives: sterilization of people with mental and physical disabilities, segregation of undesirable criminals (for example, prostitutes, paupers, drug addicts, and the unemployed) into “concentration camps,” and mandatory birth control training for mothers with serious disease (“choice” was not part of the equation).
Another of Sanger’s initiatives was the “Negro Project,” in which predominantly black neighborhoods were targeted for birth control programs. Its purpose was evident, as she later disclosed in a private letter in December 1939: “We don’t want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”
Planned Parenthood was, of course, one of the main organizations behind the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973. The Supreme Court decision claimed that a woman’s right to an abortion was implicit in the right to privacy protected by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. As a selling point, its advocates first claimed that abortions should only be performed in rare instances—for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, or to save the mother’s life.
Once the federal government funded Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics, abortion advocates incentivized by federal money pushed the boundaries of acceptable abortions from within the first trimester to eventually the evil practice of “partial-birth abortions,” in which a child being birthed is halted halfway and killed with scissors to the neck. Thus, simple “therapeutic” abortions have evolved into infanticide—the barbaric killing of children.
It should be noted that Adolf Hitler’s Nazis were rightfully accused of committing genocide by killing 6 million Jews during the Holocaust. However, these numbers pale in comparison to the 63 million children aborted in the United States since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973. That number includes over 19 million black babies aborted. That is real genocide, the underpinning philosophy of which is evil. Eugenics has become infanticide.
The newest effort by the godless camp to meddle with the natural course of humanity is the transhumanism movement, which seeks to accelerate “human evolution” through advanced technologies. It is a segue from eugenics because it aims to “enhance” the human species through the addition of advanced biological and physical (mechanical, biomechanical) technologies or, as Britannica puts it, “to augment or increase human sensory reception, emotive ability, or cognitive capacity as well as radically improve human health and extend human life spans.”
In short, the goal is to create super-humans who will live forever. Just like eugenics, there is no natural selection involved, but rather a selective implementation by and for those willing to pay the cost (and to be experimented upon). And there is no limit to the experimentation and no ethical constraints on applying the technologies.
God versus man. Good versus evil. The eternal struggle.
First came eugenics, then came abortion on demand and infanticide, and now there is the new horizon posed by transhumanism. That is the evolution of an evil kind! None of these have moral, ethical, or religious constraints—all are arbitrary, determined by those holding political power.
The Biden administration has cleared the decks for transhumanism by signing the “Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy” on Sept. 12. Into the “Brave New World” we go—with much trepidation!
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.