A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 096, Friday
April 6th, 2018
Chapter Five: Love
Love, altruism, on a certain level these are chemical processes, the capacity for which depends on a sequence of amino acids, proteins, and enzymes. These building blocks were manufactured in humans with a retro-virus, a parasite blending its DNA with the human host. It fomented a utilitarian blending of compassion, and desire.
The exact genetic sequencing was an art. It resulted in an evolutionary advancement in the species. People began to look beyond themselves for their survival and began to see their own continuity as something that was not merely invested in but identical to the continuity of their children; their family and tribe, clan or nation.
These changes in the psychological makeup of the species resulted in a signal-change in how people were able to perceive on another.
It created new possibilities for peace, cooperation, and collaboration that had not existed before.
This did not mean that these new capacities for love and compassion would be the single most determinative factor in the development of relationships. Peace and compassion did not flow from these capacities, but the possibility for them did.
A human being could override those feelings, or even turn them around, transform them into hate and anger, but it required a cognitive process to do so.
These types of cognitive processes became known as dehumanization. People were aware of it. They knew that if they were to justify murder, or war, or theft, that they must first create in their mind a pretense that justified it.
A person could steal if they felt in their heart that they were merely taking something that they deserved. They could kill, to save their family. They could go to war if their enemy was cast as an alien, a villain, a monster.
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