Say a scientist was to invent
a vaccine to immunise humanity
against committing violent acts,
a drug that would prevent
all wars, all murders, all assaults,
but had damaging side-effects –
a loss of initiative and creativity,
and tooth decay that results
in bloody full mouth extractions.
It would be classed as inhuman.
Humankind wouldn’t allow itself to be
reduced to such negative abstractions,
period, in order to defend free will.
But O, should you ever lose your sanity
such a drug will be forced on you,
lest you should ever lash out and kill
a stranger (and/or commit suicide).
And you’ll merely be an abstraction.
Then you won’t be part of humanity.
Then you must run away and hide.