by Mr. Mean-Spirited
Forcing a person to feel more empathic has long been favored as a means of increasing totalitarian control of the population. An altruistic voter is easier to manipulate. A do-gooder always does what he is told.
You control a person’s mind not by changing what he thinks, but by changing what he feels. A government makes a populace do what it wants by making the population feel what the media wants.
An article in the August 29, 2017 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrates the dosing subjects with oxytocin “facilitates social norm conformity.” The research scientists encourage liberal governments to develop protocols for the deliberate introduction of oxytocin into the host environment; indeed, the academics are positively giddy about how “OXT-enforced social norm adherence could be instrumental in motivating a more generalized acceptance toward ethnic diversity.” As little as 24 IU of intranasal oxytocin was shown to induce “altruism toward outgroup members even in the most selfish and xenophobic individuals.”
Testosterone directly suppresses oxytocin, so successful mass administration would require lessening the male sex hormone in a given population. Increasing exposure to estrogen-laden compounds would be a necessary prerequisite to mass introduction of oxytocin into environment.
Oxytocin increases and enhances social bonding. The more fervent the mass movement, the greater the levels of oxytocin in the participants. When a person feels part of something greater than himself, the subject is operating under the influence of the hormone oxytocin.
I suspect that the government is already dosing Western citizens with oxytocin. The ruling elite is 20 years ahead of any information that trickles into academic journals. Whether the hormone is being released into the atmosphere or added to the food supply, oxytocin-influenced social movements are going to alter the urban landscape.
Oxytocin doesn’t just turn people into dupes – but considerate dupes. Oxytocin doesn’t just transform a populace into suckers – but concerned suckers. Oxytocin doesn’t just make a population gullible – but compassionately gullible.
There is no greater threat to individualism than the hormone oxytocin. To remain a free-thinking individual would require that you reduce the levels of oxytocin in your own hypothalamus. The battle for personal independence will be fought on the biochemical level.
Remaining xenophobic is going to become crucial to retaining individualism. Expanding your own private selfishness is going to be essential to enhancing personal freedom. The more you are alienated from society, the more of your unique personality that you have managed to preserve.