Looking back at the various “golden ages” recognized by historians, we can see that it takes only a few motivated, and talented, people to bestow the title “Golden Age” upon an era. Out of all the Greeks who lived during the Golden Age of Greek Philosophy, only a handful were great philosophers. Most ancient Greeks eked out their lives in ignorance and manual labor. We look back at that time and take note of their great men; in our eyes, they were the ones who defined the era. Similarly, there will come a time when people will look back at our generation and recognize it as the “Golden Age of HBD”, even though it exists mainly in the blogosphere.
If we were not living in an age of ignorance and superstition, regarding human biodiversity, then there would be nothing remarkable about those who recognize it and explore it. The early Christian saints were recognized for their sacrifices (real or imagined). Oppression against their faith provided fertile ground for sainthood. When Christians, in turn, became the oppressors other paths to sainthood would have to be taken.
Those of us who take human biodiversity (HBD) seriously are like the ancient Christians. Though our enemies do not feed us to the lions, they would if they could get away with it. But they usually can’t, so they threaten us, disrupt us, call us names, ostracize us, and pass anti-heresy laws against us. Unfortunately, people like James Watson do not compare favorably with people like Socrates when it comes to living up to their convictions.
But this climate of persecution has given us a sense of community, even as we are spread out over the globe. As part of that community, I am honored – and humbled by the presence of others who far exceed me in intelligence and education. I hope, as ignorance gives way to knowledge and darkness yields to light, that the loss of our persecuted status does not end our camaraderie.