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I am back + the history of lobotomy
Do we learn from history? No.
Sorry for disappearing. I missed you and I love you. I am sending a very interesting and unusual interview shortly but in the meanwhile, I wrote an article about the history of lobotomy that Dr. Mercola published last week.
When we ponder past acts of medical barbarism, we often feel flabbergasted by how the people committing atrocities failed to notice the barbarism of what they did. Like, was it really so hard to see that blindly fiddling around with a sharp instrument inside one’s brain — or hammering an “icepick” into one’s brain — was a “treatment” from hell?
Was it really so hard to see that treating the so called “female hysteria” by surgical removal or mutilation of sexual organs was an abysmal act? Was it really so hard to see that forced sterilization of the people whose breeding was deemed unacceptable by the establishment was a genocidal twist? Evidently, it was hard to see. But there is a simple explanation for that. Two explanations, actually.
One, every barbaric choice can be justified within the ideological parameters of the mind that makes that choice. Even the most twisted plot has a certain internal logic to it — and for those living in an upside-down world, down is up, and up is down. When one blindly believes “the authorities” and turns off one’s instinctive, life-respecting knowledge of the world, one can easily be tricked into believing in the goodness of the most barbaric things.
Two, when one’s mind decides to go for the arrogant dehumanization of others and denying them their free will — in the name of one’s idea of God, science, or public health — something important breaks, and one turns into a heartless sadist. And when enough of those heartless sadists are in positions of power, they keep turning things upside down for everybody else.
I have a feeling that a hundred years from now, when our descendants look back at gene editing and “mRNA vaccines,” they’ll view them the way we view lobotomies today.
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