Mankind Is Not an Animal: Be a Genius, Not a “Practical Man”
October 28, 2014 • 3:25PM

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, in a national strategy discussion, Lyndon LaRouche asserted that only those citizens who aspire to be creative are competent to lead society at the current time of crisis. These are the so-called “impractical people,” as opposed to the practical people who merely seek to imitate established popular standards of success and acceptability. LaRouche stated that “every human being can potentially be a genius” if adequately inspired to make that leap to a higher quality of personality, and emphasized that mankind must come to a true understanding of its own identity, as a species.

“The American people, in general, have to come to an understanding of this point, because most do not. It’s not that they don’t yearn to realize something like this point, but it’s the fact that they don’t have a secure grip on the idea. And the lack of a secure grip on the idea of mankind is what the problem is for most of the people in the United States today. That’s the problem. Mankind is not an animal! The assumption is, in terms of practice in most cases, that mankind is a ‘superior form of animal,’ not a qualitatively higher form of creature. Mankind is the only creature that can create its own state of development, not through animal evolution. The evolution of mankind is based on the revolution in the minds of the people involved, who make a discovery that no one ever knew before, whereas the average person is taught in school that everything is done on a gradual basis of ‘upgrading.’ And we know in fact, as Vernadsky has demonstrated in principle, but which many people have just not understood, that mankind is not an animal! Because the principle of mankind’s organization and evolution, is not animal. It’s something that is mental, entirely mental, not an animal evolution. And to the extent that people act like animals, or believe that they are like animals, they become incompetent to deal with the kind of problem which faces us, in particular, today.”

“You have to understand, that mankind is a higher species than any known animal! We like our dogs, we like our animals, but we don’t want to become one! And the desire not to become an animal, is the first qualification for becoming human. This is what has to be understood. We have to change mankind, not to be “practical” -- the practical man is an incompetent man under these circumstances. Practical people are incapable of saving their own skins. It’s the impractical people, who make creative discoveries, who create ideas that never existed before -- like Vladimir Vernadsky himself, a perfect example of this -- and that’s what we have to shoot for.”

LaRouche highlighted the breakthroughs on this question that have been made by some of his associates, and called for action:

“We have to educate every person we know who is capable of responding to this, to make a leap -- as some of the people among my own associates have made that leap -- to leap above the animal level, the same animal level that most people look to as the standard. Get out of that animal skin! The animals are fine, we need them. But we don’t want to become them. And that’s the point. If we try to become animals, if we try to become practical people, we’re going to be dead people very soon.”

At the conclusion of the LaRouchePAC Webcast on Friday, October 24, Megan Beets of the LPAC Science Team delivered a very concise yet compelling presentation of the true identity of mankind as qualitatively superior to the beasts, presenting the process of upward change, from lower to higher platforms of technology, as the characteristic behavior of the creative human being. This process of discovering what no man had understood before, typified by what China is now undertaking with its lunar development program, is what every human being should be given a chance to experience.

Watch the presentation by Megan Beets:

LaRouche remarked that the degeneration in cultural education in the United States has induced the average American citizen to become intrinsically stupid, because they don’t focus on those projects and ideas which create genius. He asserted:

“Every human being can potentially be a genius. A real genius, not a make-believe genius, but a real one. This has happened in the school systems in certain parts of US history; we’ve had certain nests of whole groups of students who’ve been taken from being people who are absolutely decadent and worn out before they reached maturity, and we’ve seen how the opposite occurs. The education system properly used and stimulated, the entertainment system properly used and stimulated, will take people who are just dull-witted, sloppy sludges, and turn them into real people. It happens all the time with a good school class, but we don't have good school education anymore in the United States. Therefore, we’re seeing the suffering of the United States because its students in general are incompetent to be human! They don’t have the ideas that are necessary to bring forth the best qualities of the human being.”

LaRouche concluded his remarks by laying out a mission for saving the United States:

“We have to inspire in our people a joy, an enjoyment in actually becoming people who think! Most people don’t think, they just have slogans. If we’re willing to do that, we can make a revolution. And that’s what we have to do. Forget all the gimmicks. If we focus on this, and say let’s go for the people who can qualify, you’ll find that you can cause more people to wish to qualify for that role. It’s when the people imitate each other, and they’re jerks, then they remain jerks. Stimulate them to think on a higher level, and they stop being jerks. That’s the way society progresses. And that’s what we have to do right now.”

Join LaRouche PAC in our efforts to give our citizens a true taste of what it means to be human. Tell your friends to tune in this Wednesday at 11AM Eastern/9AM Pacific for our weekly live pedagogical broadcast featuring members of the LPAC Science Team, “A New Paradigm for Mankind.” And watch previous archives of this show on our YouTube channel.