Morris: The ‘Perfect’ Generation

January 22, 2018

by Leo Morris

My work here is done.

Those of us who go into journalism learn so much about so many things we eventually think we know everything there is to know about the human condition. Those of us who go on to become editorial writers and columnists feel an obligation to share that knowledge in a way that compels people to admit the error of their ways.

But according to a new review of 120 years of data published in Frontiers of Physiology,taking such wise advice would be pointless since the human race has peaked. After what has seemed like a continuous process of record-breaking improvements, we have hit a wall. We are never likely to be much taller, faster, longer-lived or, alas, smarter than we already are. It’s all downhill from here.

This seems to explain so much of the nonsense we see around us, including the mindless dreck produced by Hollywood and other factories of popular culture, the incomprehensible tax code and other Washington atrocities, the apparent national compulsion to find a meaningful protest movement and the fact that Indiana lawmakers can’t even figure out whether they’ve made CBD oil legal or illegal.

You’d think liberals would be dismayed that we have reached our limit. They have built their entire philosophy on the perfectibility of the human race. If government merely spends enough money, creates enough educational programs and legislates enough compassion, people can overcome their baser natures and attain the civilized height that is their destiny.

But actually, they seem delighted.

“Now that we have reached the limits of the human species,” says Professor Jean-Francois Toussaint of Paris Descartes University, “this can act as a clear goal for nations to ensure that human capacities reach their highest possible values for most of the population.”

Ah. The pie is never going to get any bigger, in other words, so the only sensible solution is to make sure we divide it up fairly. Progressives, in order to justify ever more elaborate schemes to redistribute wealth, never mind trying to understand how that wealth is created, have always had to justify not spending on the foundations and traditions of human society. Now they are free of that restraint.

About the only thing that could make this calamity more delicious would be to blame it on climate change.

And here it is:

“This will be one of the biggest challenges of this century as the added pressure from anthropogenic activities will be responsible for damaging effects on human health and the environment,” a statement from Touissant says. “The current declines in human capacities we can see today are a sign that environmental changes, including climate, are already contributing to the increasing constraints we now have to consider.”

It’s the ultimate story for the modern age. The human race is done, and it’s all our fault, so we must allow our betters to manage our slide into oblivion.

Perfection achieved.

Their work is done.

Leo Morris, columnist for The Indiana Policy Review, is this year’s winner of the Hoosier Press Association’s award for Best Editorial Writer. Morris, as opinion editor of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, was named a finalist in editorial writing by the Pulitzer Prize committee. Contact him at


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