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CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

 

The eugenists will therefore pay little attention to criminality in 

the ancestry as a dysgenic factor. As long as the matrimonial 

candidate himself is not a criminal, the ancestral criminality should 

constitute no bar to the marriage. It is not likely to show itself 

atavistically in the children. Altogether a good deal of nonsense has 

been written about atavism. And people forget that the same rules of 

heredity that are applied to physical conditions cannot be applied to 

spiritual and moral qualities, the latter being much more dependent 

upon environment than the former. Of course the various circumstances 

must be taken into consideration, and each case must be decided upon 

its merits. No generalizations can be permitted. The _kind_ of crime 

must always be considered. 

 

And, furthermore, it should be borne in mind that not only is a 

criminal ancestry _per se_ no bar to marriage, the marriage candidate 

himself may be an ex-criminal, may have served time in prison, and 

still be a very desirable father or mother from the eugenic viewpoint. 

A man who in a fit of passion or during a quarrel, perhaps under the 

slight influence of liquor, struck or killed a man is not, therefore, 

a real criminal. After serving his time in prison he may never again 

commit the slightest antisocial act, may make a moral citizen and an 

ideal husband and father. 

 

This is not a plea for the under dog. For in this case, where the 

future of the race is at stake, all other considerations must be put 

into the background. I simply plead for an intelligent consideration 

of the subject. Many honored citizens are worse criminals and worse 

fathers than many people who have served prison sentences. 

 

 

=Pauperism= 

 

It may seem strange to discuss pauperism in relation to marriage and 

to speak of it as a hereditary factor, but it is necessary to discuss 

it, because considerable ignorance prevails on the subject, it being 

generally confused with poverty. There is a radical difference between 

pauperism and poverty. People may be poor for generations and 

generations, even very poor, and still not be considered or classed 

with paupers. Pauperism generally implies a lack of physical and 

mental stamina, loss of _self-respect_ and unconquerable laziness. Of 

course we know now that laziness often rests upon a physical basis, 

being due to imperfect working of the internal glands. But whatever 

the cause of the laziness may be, the fact is that it is one of the 

characteristics of the pauper. And while we cannot speak of pauperism 

being hereditary, the qualities that go to make up the pauper are 

transmissible. No normal woman would marry a pauper, and the woman who 

would marry a pauper is not amenable to any advice or to any book 


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