THE SOUL: NAOMI ARAMOVICH'S VIEW
The Primal Soul – the only thing that lay between the Primal race and extinction.
Over a hundred years after Julius Schumacher's death, Naomi Aramovich is fighting to save the Primals from extinction. She's a d-human herself, but with her gene-set for empathy prioritized before birth, she's an active member of the Primal Rights group.
Naomi explains to Eusebio how her group has spent years trying to stop PEPS – the Proposed Extinction of the Primal Species – from taking effect. They've lost all their arguments, and the last one they have left is based on the idea that Julius Schumacher's theory is right – that the d-humans have lost their soul through genetic enhancement, and to make the Primals extinct would lose the human soul forever.
Here's how Eusebio tells it:
"They were steamrolling ahead with the PEPS proposal." Naomi had looked intently at me. "And then we came up with one final argument. It's a long shot. But we're desperate. There's nothing else between this argument and the implementation of PEPS."
"What's the argument?" I had asked.
"The Primal soul. We're trying to use the very argument that was the basis of your Humanist society founded by Dr. Schumacher."
"It's not an easy argument to make," she had continued. "We're trying to tell our own people we've lost something that many claim doesn't even exist."
And that was the first time I heard that the only thing that lay between my race and extinction was our soul. Something that couldn't be seen. Couldn't be measured. Couldn't even be proven to exist. And what the hell did that have to do with me, anyway?
[Picture: Print by Antonia Green exhibited at Lentil As Afrika , 2006; Source: undegrowth.org]