I wrote this in a comment:
“Love is impossible without trust. Trust has been undermined by the popular notion that honesty is optional. Honesty is impossible in a paradigm where there is no right and wrong, only amoral species competing for survival with no advantage attributed to honesty. We need to figure out who we are and why our survival depends on honesty, trust and love.”
What I meant was…
We’ve been sold snake-oil science: The notion that we’re nothing but animals with big brains doesn’t impress me.
This belief is death to a species capable of destroying worlds, because it will promote dishonesty which leads to distrust which leads to hatred and ultimately to self-annihilation via H-bombs or predatory genetic engineering.
Everything we read is baptized in the “scientific” dogma that a mindless thing called “survival of the fittest” writes DNA code, the complexity of which we’re only now beginning to catch a mind-boggling glimpse of.
Evolution is taught to children and doctors as “infallible” rather than what it is: an uncontrolled, unblinded, non-randomized and speculative interpretation of weak retrospective data that hasn’t been given a thorough statistical analysis because one isn’t possible – the very sort of weak study design that medical journals would reject as dangerous – if anyone were so naive as to submit such a study, which I can’t imagine.
Everyone believes the evolutionary tale unless they’re part of a fundamentalist religious group with other beliefs.
Either way, our species is heading for extinction because we have made it “normal” to lie to each other.
In commercials, only the sales matter, not the truth.
In our courts, winning trumps integrity.
In politics, winning means infinitely more than honesty because the other side is so clearly evil, dumb and dangerous – no matter which side you’re on.
In our personal lives our circle of empathy narrows, justifying lies to those outside of it.
In the back of our minds we allow lies because we’re told from kindergarten that we’re just animals with big brains trying to survive. All animals tell lies with their body language. We lie with our tongues.
And since we lie, we forget how to trust and how to remain steadfastly trustworthy come what may.
When we lose the capacity for trust, we lose the capacity for love. You can’t really love people you distrust. You can’t even know who they are, deep down.
With love off the table, we expand our acceptance of hatred, grudge holding and revenge. Predators become heroes.
If we didn’t have opposable thumbs and weren’t able to blow humanity into tiny bits with a small fraction of our nuclear arsenal, it wouldn’t be such a big deal. We could blend with the deceitful but balanced ecosystems of animal behavior that dominate this planet. Camo is in their DNA. Sneaking, hiding and devouring prey are on page one of Earth’s user manual.
That’s what’s so confusing to us.
If we were only ten orders of magnitude stupider, we could survive, living as the hairless apes of soft science.
But we’re too clever with the technology of killing. So the fading of honesty, trust and love are preparing us to push the button on ourselves. Look at Russia. This is not religious talk. This is secular logic that refuses to swallow Darwin’s evolution without chewing.
In order to survive, our species needs to push all cultures toward honesty. Big brains self-destruct without it.
Honesty will resurrect trust and trustworthiness, setting the stage for love, logic and reason… and a rational treatment of sociopathic predators who need enlightened mental health care rather than election to congress.
M. Talmage Moorehead
If you’re interested in intelligent design, weird artifacts, genetics and psychology from the perspective of a nineteen-year-old “Hapa Girl,” my in-progress novel may be a fun read. The protagonist, Johanna, is a genius geneticist with a younger brother who struggles with depression, though you wouldn’t know it to meet him. Her evolving story starts here.
It’s an experiment called, Hapa Girl DNA, and is a hybrid itself – a tightrope crossing of fiction and non-fiction. “Hapa” is the Hawaiian term for “half.” Johanna is half Japanese and half Jewish. In writing her novel, she and I ignore some important fiction-writing rules, partly because we like to test dogmas and partly because it’s fun to try new things.
But the “rules” are essential knowledge to anyone crazy enough to either break them or follow them mindlessly.
So you could download my e-book on fiction writing, the second to last chapter of which gives my current opinions on many of the dogmatic rules of fiction writing. Downloading that brief 19,000 word document will place you on my short list of people who will be politely notified when my traditional novel is done – possibly before the next ice age. (No spam or sharing of your info. I haven’t sent an email to my list yet. It’s been over a year.)
Next time you’re writing emails, if you think of it, please tell your best and hopefully weirdest friend about my blog (www.storiform.com). Thanks! I appreciate your thoughtfulness.