Surgically removing fear

It strikes me that we may learn enough about how the brain creates and processes fear that it will become possible for people to literally cut out their “fear organs.” People could elect to undergo a surgery that would make them brave. This possibility is, of course, rife with controversy. As the saying goes, there’s a thin line between bravery and stupidity. Should a society willfully allow people to turn themselves into a band of courageous morons? On the other hand, it’s their body — shouldn’t they be allowed to do with it as they see fit?

And it’s not just fear that could be removed. Let’s say people wanted to alter themselves to be incapable of falling in love. Or to generally remove the impact of emotions on their rational thinking.

And, if such surgeries are forbidden, will a black market offering such services flourish, like the underground abortions before Roe versus Wade?

I predict a future where an army of unfeeling surgically engineered humans face off against troops of sensitive, emotional battle droids. And the only outcome can be Armageddon.

There’s a very annoying fly buzzing around in my room right now.

3 Responses to “Surgically removing fear”


  1. M

    KILL IT!

  2. M

    KILL IT again.

  3. John Saleeby

    “But . . . When we lose our Fear . . . We lose our Humanity!!!”

    You’d have to be Charlton Heston to deliver that without looking like a douche.