The Rise and Fall of Civilisations: the Moral Genome

“The laws of Heaven operate in such a way that the mortal himself rewards, punishes, absolves or convicts himself.”

.. Gopi Krishna

Whatever Einstein charged for revealing the Theory of Relativity was probably on a par with Copernicus’ fee for the Heliocentric Solar System – nothing.  True genius has always been eager to work for the betterment of humanity, and those with a great idea to change the world gladly laboured at their own expense to see it become reality.

In modern times it’s a different story: knowledge and discovery ceased to be lovers of mankind, and became prostitutes instead.  And remarkably successful ones, with offshore accounts, rooms filled with lawyers, representatives in Congress and hefty fines for copyright infringement.  This is the pattern of invention today, but something else is very odd, which many observers have noticed: where have all the geniuses gone?

wgere have geniuses goneLike a rotten tree which only bears rotten fruit, even the religions which rampant materialism has devised follow the same odious trend.  When Sai Baba died in India recently, having used conjuring tricks to convert credibility into a web of power and wealth, an unseemly scuffle broke out among his leaders over “rightful ownership” of huge amounts of gold, silver and cash at the HQ and an empire valued at an incredible £5.5 billion.

Sai Baba was denounced by the Indian Rationalists Association, who pointed to numerous videos showing the one-time conjurer producing items from various concealed places.

Court documents allege he owned two Mercedes limousines, two BMWs, one Daimler, one Jaguar, and plenty of other Indian vehicles, and that the roof of his temple was lined with solid gold.

The grounds of his ashram contain a larger than life gold statue of himself, a gold chariot, a silver chariot and a cricket pitch laid for an international tournament for which he offered as a trophy a 20 kg solid gold cup valued at £150,000.

The battle for control over that fortune promises to be bitter. Family members fired the first shots at the trust, and the state government would like to get its hands on the coffers. (Telegraph, Gethin Chamberlain, 24.04.11)

Not to be outdone in matters of the spirit, Western fervour to cash in on human ideals has produced the Bank of Scientology, whose management enjoy a lavish lifestyle, in spite of every spiritual doctrine’s warning to the contrary, on the backs of spiritual seekers.  Leader David Miscavige is a dubious example, known more for tantrums than spiritual calm.  Members realise that leaving under bad terms triggers the cruelest corporate-level revenge where relatives are forbidden contact, and highly personal confidences made during “audits” could be leaked into the public domain.

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Everywhere it’s the same story: corporations survive by spoiling the welfare of mankind.  Morality is forgotten and greed rampant; America and the UK are run now by corporations masquerading as governments.  The politicians can be easily bought – as undercover reporters pretending to be sheikhs have revealed – so that those with the cash make the laws, decide the punishments and even run the prisons at the highest possible profit.

Most high level politicians emerge from the ranks of corporations or were funded by them from the start; after eventually being ejected by an incesned public they fall back into the bosom of big business, or grease the wheels of industries they built up and protected while in power, for a tidy sum.  This is the aim of men in power today: the political years are a tedious necessity to reach the Shangri-La of cash beyond.

monsantoIt doesn’t stop at bribed senators and MPs:  Dick Cheney was tasked with finding a VP for the hapless George Bush (fresh from Harken Energy) and miraculously came up with – himself!  He takes a chauffeur driven limo from Halliburton HQ straight to the White House, elbows the flaccid Bush to one side and starts drafting Halliburton policy.  Next thing you know buildings are exploding and Halliburton is running Iraq and building shoddy hospitals in Afghanistan.

On the other side of the revolving door Tony Blair is carried from Downing Street over the heads of furious anti-war protestors straight to bless a Central Asian dictator for £100,000 per speech.  He recently made a quick £1m for a marathon three hour meeting, lubricating some deal for Middle Eastern oil magnates.

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Condoleezzaa Rice made her name in the oil business, cutting deals with dictators, but after she jumped ship to the White House this tanker was re-painted by Chevron “to avoid unneccessary attention”. Was this requested by Rice? “That’s not for me to discuss,” said Chevron PR Fred Gorell

Each and every one of the weapons, oil, nuclear, gas, fracking, battery farm and GMO, big pharma and cancer, computer and fashion industries (relying on 3rd world slave labour) and even the prison industry (with US judges taking kickbacks as “finder’s fees” for handing out lengthy sentences) would need an essay of their own to detail the abuses.

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But here’s the point: just the other day the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed something which will change the world.  It will provoke research that promises to overturn the existing notions of happiness and progress the way Copernicus overturned the Earth-centric Solar System.  Material wealth can never be the centre of things, as the ancient scriptures repeatedly emphasised, not because of arbitrary rules pushed on us by the power-mad, but because our biology does not allow it.

Their paper is entitled A functional genomic perspective on human well-being, with contributors from the Universities of North Carolina and California, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Norman Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, the AIDS Institute and the Molecular Biology Institute, among others.  This is no idle supposition, and fully half the paper deals with eliminating spurious results and verifying its findings. The PDF of their work is here: PNAS-2013-Fredrickson-1305419110

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The study examined two different kinds of happiness: hedonistic, gained by satisfying one’s desires and eudaimonic, generated from within.  We’re all familiar with hedonistic (from the Greek hedone, or pleasure) but less so with the word eudaimonic, from the Greek eu (good) and daimon (spirit).  The Greeks considered eudaimonism to be the highest attainable brand of human good, with virtue its most important component.  Two kinds of human happiness, therefore, but with completely different roots.

Other studies have been made in this direction already, including some showing higher  socio-economic status correlating inversely with empathy, but this one examined these states of happiness from the perspective of the human genome.   The startling results indicate the genome has its own principles and its own mechanisms for rewarding healthy mental states.  It also seems to have ways of subtly degrading the bodies of those who prefer selfishness:

People with high levels of eudaimonic well-being showed very favorable gene-expression profiles in their immune cells. They had low levels of inflammatory gene expression and strong expression of antiviral and antibody genes.

However, people who had high levels of hedonic well-being showed the opposite. They had an adverse expression profile involving high inflammation and low antiviral and antibody gene expression.

Previous studies had found that circulating immune cells show a systematic shift in baseline gene-expression profiles during extended periods of stress, threat or uncertainty. Known as conserved transcriptional response to adversity, or CTRA, this shift is characterized by an increased expression of genes involved in inflammation and a decreased expression of genes involved in antiviral responses.

The researchers drew blood samples from 80 healthy adults, assessed for hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. CTRA gene-expression profile was used to map distinct biological effects of hedonic and eudaimonic well-being.

Those with eudaimonic well-being showed favorable gene-expression profiles in their immune cells and those with hedonic showed an adverse gene-expression profile, but “both seemed to have the same high levels of positive emotion.”

“What this study tells us is that doing good and feeling good have very different effects on the human genome, even though they generate similar levels of positive emotion,” he said. “Apparently, the human genome is much more sensitive to different ways of achieving happiness than conscious minds.”

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130729192548.htm

If altruism and morality benefit genomic health, we should find the exceptionally concentrated consiousness from genetic genius arises from those kinds of families.  This is exactly the case, as the author of Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham and Gandhi pointed out from observation alone, without the benefit of laboratory confirmation.

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Somehow, the genome differentiates between selfish happiness and inner peace, producing varying shades of physical health in response.  Hedonism attacks health, regardless whether we feel happy and satisfied getting our own way.  The children of wealthy families are known to be extraordinarily prone to addictions; the last generation of the Indian Rajs were all victims of substance abuse and incapable of maintaining the dynasty.

Lacking any other explanation, observers propose convoluted reasons, such as pressure to succeed or high disposable income, but fail to explain why parents and grandparents, subjected to even greater degrees of both, succumbed less.  The science of epigenetics has already shown that stressful life events affect descendants at least as far as the third generation.  In experiments on laboratory rats, the changes seem permanent across all subsequent generations.

There is hardly any need for lab research to show that the wealthy must be more immune than most to the presence of social ills, since they enjoy the upside of a problem which, within their own society, permanently curses a far greater number of individuals.  In fact studies show that mental illness increases in societies in proportion to the gap between rich and poor.

Income inequalityIn an ordered universe, the noted lack of genius cannot be a random occurrence but a genetic problem which can only originate within the genome itself, which seems to treat materialism as it would any other disorder imposed from without, and in response, shuts the door on the only route to progress and higher levels of consciousness: upliftment via genius.

In the cnostant motion of Nature, something is either growing or decaying.  The human race does not just stand still and wait for change.  Instead of an upward spiral of genius, the result of abandoning inner growth in favour of the new religion of the 20th century – materialism – is a destructive trend.  The child of materialism is a curse on every civilisation: the psychopath, a destructive monster in human disguise!

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The psychopath, armed with charm and charisma and the mental equipment to rise to the top, is the perfected child of materialism. Pre-wired for greed and selfishness, their tasks can include the destruction of society.

About iain carstairs

I have a great interest in both scientific advances and the beauty of religion, and created www.scienceandreligion.com about 15 years ago with the aim of finding common ground between the scientist and the believer, and to encourage debate between the two sides.
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4 Responses to The Rise and Fall of Civilisations: the Moral Genome

  1. Very dismal social/political prospects, but upbeat and enlightening genomic ones. Thanks for this.

    • I guess things will get worse before they get better – all these psychopaths aren’t going to just go away, but it would help if we could screen for them in politics and business.

      I think they say 1% of the population are psychopaths, which is still a vast number, but they form a whopping one fifth of the prison population! Like any disorder there must be genetic reasons; it can’t be random behaviour of the genome, as judging by all this research including the ENCODE work, it’s a very very precise mechanism.

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