“Man, Lobster and Socialism”
A chapter from the book, “The Neuropsychology of Anxiety” by Jeffry Gray describes the neurological system of a lobster. The neurochemical system of the lobster works on serotonin. Lobster are not very emphatic or social creatures.Thus they constantly engage in dominance disputes. The lobster who wins appears to be bigger than its actual size due to a release of serotonin in its brain.The lobster that loses, appears to be smaller than it actually is. Most people would say, “Who Cares?” But we should care and here is why.
The neurochemical system of humans also works on serotonin which is affected by anti-depressants, in exactly the same way as that of the lobster. There are dominance disputes among humans and there always is a winner and loser. The winner has serotonin released in the brain and the deficiency of serotonin in the loser causes certain chemical imbalances in the brain which we commonly refer to as ‘Depression’, For example, there is a lobster who has been dominant for a long time. There would come a time when it is defeated by a young and stronger lobster. What happens is, that the lobster’s brain dissolves and grows a subordinate brain. This happens because a lobster does not have much of a brain. People who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be compared to the lobster which has lost a dispute after a long time. It is a feeling of dissolution or death. In humans, the brain exists as a complicated organ, therefore, when humans suffer PTSD, changes occur in the brain on a small scale but the mechanism remains identical. The amygdala, which promotes emotions grows and the hippo campus, which inhibits emotions, shrinks. The hippo campus can grow again after the consumption of anti-depressants but the amygdala never shrinks. Thus people who suffer from PTSD are always sensitive to emotions and never recover.
According to Charles Darwin, we separated from lobsters on the evolutionary scale about 350-600 million years ago. But it is staggering to see that the neurochemistry is the same.
What is so important to understand here is, that there is an inevitable tendency in humans to arrange themselves in hierarchies of authority. It is at the core of our very existence and, this tendency has been inherited by humans from creatures like lobsters which, according to evolutionary biologists, have existed on earth for a time period ten times more than humans have. This serves as a vigorous reason as to why socialism has failed whenever it has been implemented. The primary reason is, that Socialism discourages humans to arrange themselves in hierarchies. Thus the utopian model of social egalitarianism has severe ramifications. The economic consequences are evident in Venezuela which is suffering from severe inflation.
One cannot help but be flabbergasted to see people supporting socialism especially considering that eradicating hierarchies can eventually get murderous irrespective of whether conservatives implement it or liberals and there is ample evidence to support this claim. Genocides committed by Nazi Germany and Soviet Union are appropriate examples. It can be implied that liberal socialism of the Soviet Union killed 7 million Ukrainians in 1932 and conservative socialism of the Nazis killed millions in Auschwitz.
Would you still support socialism?
This Article is written by Muhammad Ahmed Ghazanfar from Bahria University