The Story of the Liberty Gene
19 Feb, 2009
“Yes Lord, can’t wait to get on my way,” replies man.
“Now, since I like you, I will give you a choice in this
very important last component. Do you want the gene that
automatically conducts your life—the Reflex Gene; one that
would make most of your decisions for you—the Instinct Gene;
or, the gene that would empower you to make just about all
your decisions yourself—the Liberty Gene?” asks God.
“Lord, since you are, out of your infinite kindness,
giving me a choice in this vital matter, can I have the gene
that would give me absolute control over my own affairs? If
not, I would settle for the Liberty Gene,” says man.
“I can see you are already scheming. No, you can’t have
anything absolute. All absolutes are restricted to me. All
my creations, including you, are only relative,” says the
“Sure Lord. I understand that everything about you is
absolute, infinite, and perfect. But no harm in asking, is
there Lord?” says man.
“An impudent wise jackass, aren’t you? I see that I am
about to make the first mistake of my life by creating you,”
the Lord says shaking his pointer at him.
“Forgive me Lord. I didn’t mean it the way you are taking
it,” apologizes man.
“I also see that you are using your deceptive faculty on
me. No dice little fellow. Remember that I see everything
that goes on in your head as well as in your heart. Don’t
play games with me, ever,” says the Lord.
“Yes Lord. For some reason I felt since you have given it
to me, I might as well use it. Otherwise why have it? But,
you are right. You are always right and there are no the
exceptions. With you, I need be absolutely forthright and
honest,” man says meekly.
“I see that you are using another one of your faculties.
You are buttering me up,” says God with an amused voice.
“But Lord, then why am I required to pray to you and
thank you for everything? I can’t tell the difference. What
is praying and what is buttering up?” pleads man.
“I knew all along that I would have endless trouble with
you and it is starting right this minute. But that’s the
main reason I am creating you, anyway. It is no fun just
having everything run on pre-determined programs. I need
some excitement, some unpredictability, and even some
challenges to liven my life,” says the Lord.
“Lord, getting back to the offer, it thrills me to be
able to make most of my own decisions. I think if some
excitement, unpredictability and challenges are good for my
Lord, then they are definitely good for me too. I can’t
thank you enough for offering me the Liberty Gene,” says
“Right, everything that is good for me may be good for
you, but it is not for you. Don’t you ever forget that. I am
God and the only God. I am making you in my image, but I am
not making you my own double. There is a big difference. You
understand?” admonishes God.
“I certainly do Lord. Thank you Lord,” says man.
“The Liberty Gene is a most precious possession. Many
will aim to rob you of it and by so doing add to their own
power, while transforming you to a mere robot. You need be
vigilant and guard it with your very life. Beware of three
kinds of people: charlatans, demagogues, and politicians.
And more often than not someone will rise who is all three
of these characters wrapped into one,” God says.
“Lord, that’s a great heads up. I deeply appreciate the
warning. But, please tell me how I can tell a false claimant
from a true one,” man pleads.
“By their fruit shall ye know them,” God replies.
“Lord, you know that I am not smart enough to understand
this metaphor. Would you, in your infinite kindness, spell
it out for me?” says man.
“If I spell it out for you fully, it would be in
violation of the Liberty Gene’s prerogatives. The best I can
do is to give you a few pointers: Anyone who claims special
privileges and status for himself, makes outlandish promises
and threats, pits one people against another, and causes
bloodshed among people, fits the bill. The most dangerous of
these malevolent is anyone who falsely claims to be my
emissary,” says God.
“Lord, thank you. That’s helpful,” says man
“Also keep in mind that the bargain you make with me will
hold not only for you, but for all your descendents who will
inhabit the planet earth. I must warn you before you make
your final selection that making a deal with me is called
‘covenant.’ And covenants with me are irrevocable,”
“Thanks Lord. You are so good to me. I don’t know how I
can repay you for all this kindness. Obviously I can’t since
you have it all. But, I’ll worship you and pray to you in
adoration, if that’s pleasing to you, Lord,” Says man.
“Praying is fine. But knowing you, you’ll use praying to
butter me up and ask me for things. Nothing doing. Once
you’re on your own, you’re on your own. Don’t you forget
it,” says the Lord.
“Yes Lord. I and all my future descendents will be
forever grateful to your kindness and generosity, for
allowing us to be somewhat masters of our own destiny,
rather than be like some of our close relatives who are
still arboreal and very hairy to boot,” says man.
It wasn’t the forbidden apple he ate that doomed man. It
was his dumb decision to choose the gene with the greatest
latitude for making decisions since he failed to also ask
the Lord for a top of the shelf gene for wisdom to guide him
in making choices. Numberless harebrain decisions as well as
outright malevolent ones knit a web of misery for man, over
time. The litany of the suffering that befell man is
In tight spots, time and again people conveniently would
ignore their covenant with God. They would turn to him as if
he was their fix-it-all—their Good Man Friday. They also
would forget that he could see in their heads and hearts,
when they submitted to him lengthy wish lists in the guise
of praying to him. Before long, prayers became little more
than buttering God up and asking him for things and favors.
Time and again, the Lord remained faithful to his part of
the covenant and ignored the people’s insistence for
violating the original compact in their favor so that they
could make all the stupid decisions that they wanted and let
God clean up the mess in their individual and collective
The Lord couldn’t be played. He wouldn’t budge. But,
people continued in their schemes to make the Lord violate
or at least amend the covenant. Flattery, they figured could
possibly work. So, they invented prayers, a subtle
subterfuge for a shopping list for the Lord. Long before the
advent of the Internet and E-mail, people used Gmail—sending
missives to the Lord’s mailbox by means of the Ethernet.
And it was this state of affairs that made it ripe for
the rise of the very same people that God warned man about,
the charlatans, the demagogues and the politicians. These
frauds popped up all over the world, presented themselves as
answers to peoples’ Gmail and solutions to their problems.
And we all know how these miscreants, in the forms of
individuals, groups or even governments compounded
humanity’s problems rather than solving them.
People wouldn’t give up and mend their ways. Instead,
they resorted to cunning and everything they could think of
to cajole the Lord to do things for them. They built
numberless cathedrals, mosques and temples with lavish
ornaments in attempts to lure the Lord in and hear their
supplications up close. Again, nothing worked.
Desperate situations spawn desperate measures. And God,
not coming to the aid of the people, forced many to turn to
other sources with dire results. Just a few recent cases of
this tragic misstep should warn us to heed the Lord’s
original advice and not be victimized in the future by
* From the primitive land of the Arabian Peninsula of
over 14 centuries ago rose Muhammad, an illiterate hired
hand of a rich widow Khadija, claiming that he was the
bearer of a perfect life prescription from God—the Quran. He
claimed humanity could do no better than to follow its
precepts as well as to emulate Muhammad’s own life example
for a guarantee of bliss and salvation. In exchange for
this, people must embrace Islam—surrender—by surrendering
their Liberty to Muhammad.
Question: Why would the All-Wise Lord choose an
illiterate desert-dweller, of all the people in the world,
to be his messenger? Why choose a man who couldn’t read or
write, a man who, over the course of 20 years, claimed to be
receiving periodic revelations from God and had to rely on
others who could write to jot down his recollections? These
recollections were recorded as the word-for-word literal
utterances and commandments of God. Furthermore, a dozen
versions of the book of Allah, the Quran, turned up and a
fallible Caliph selected one of them and had the rest
burned. Burning books has ever since been a companion to
But again, those are the ways of the Lord and to none is
given the right to question them. Being the impudent person
that I am, I will run the risk of asking a follow-up
Question: Would the same Lord who gave man the Liberty
Gene unilaterally violate his covenant by sending an
emissary to take away peoples’ precious gift at the point of
In no time at all, the savages of Arabia, allured by the
win-win promise of Muhammad—you kill you get the booty from
your victims in this world—you get killed and your abode
will be the unimaginably glorious sensuous paradise of
Allah—sword-in-hand, sallied forth to lands near and far.
* From the “civilized” land of Germany rose a syphilitic
lout who called on the German people to surrender their
Liberty to him in exchange for a surefire solution to all
their economic and social ills. He successfully portrayed
the Jews as the main cause of the nation’s suffering. Before
long, the masses of gullible easy-solution seekers formed
long lines in towns and villages of the land, tripping over
each other in eagerness to surrender their Liberty to the
The German people blindly subscribed to the Nazi’s
promises of economic revival, restoration of German pride,
and the establishment of supremacy for the Aryan race. In a
blink, hordes of rabid Brown Shirts fanned the length and
the breadth of the land hunting the Jews. The fire of
anti-Jew mania quickly expanded to devour Gypsies,
non-Christians in general, the physically or mentally
handicapped, the homosexuals and more.
The genocidal Hitler found it expedient to overlook some
of the “despicable” Semitic people—the Arabs—by affording
the Grand Mufti of Palestine, Haj Amin al-Husseini, a fellow
Jew-hater, a most effusive welcome to Germany.
There is hardly a need to document the horrors of the
Nazi episode here, where a charlatan managed to hoodwink a
nation, rob the people of their liberty and cause so much
death and destruction.
*It is unthinkable that an ancient nation—Iran—with a
distinguished history, allowed a high order demagogue,
Ayatollah Khomeini, to rally the people against the Shah
with promises of rule for the people and justice for all.
The long-suffering Iranians of all strata readily
surrendered their liberty to the turbaned bigot and his gang
of murdering sycophants.
In Iran, wishful thinking people saw the “holy man of
Allah” as an answer to prayer. The fanatic Muslims perceived
him as the one who would revive the flagging fortunes of the
faith of Muhammad and pave the way for the much-anticipated
advent of the Saheb-ul-Zaman (the Lord of the Age.) The
secularists hoped for freedom from the yoke of the Shah’s
dictatorship. Religious and ethnic minorities dreamed of a
time when unscrupulous power brokers would no longer
Gullibility was not limited to the Iranians who swelled
the ranks of the fraud. On the other side of the world, the
President of the United States of America—the Lusting in the
heart Carter—saw Khomeini as a saint and a savior. Carter
provided the crucial support to the man whose greatest claim
to the rank of the Grand Ayatollah was his lengthy
dissertation on matters concerning sexual intercourse with
No sooner had this fraud of Allah ascended to power than
the Iranians of all strata began to pay the price—tens
of thousands with their lives—for
the folly of letting the three-in-one Ayatollah make
decisions for them, the three-in-one that God warned man
For over thirty years the Iranian people have been paying
for the tragedy that has befallen them. And that’s not where
it ends. Khomeinism is the fire that is spreading beyond the
borders of Iran. Khomeinism is a recent violent version of
Islam’s Shiism. Islam means surrender. Surrender to the will
and dictates of Allah as revealed by Mohammad.
A true Muslim does not and cannot believe in liberty.
Everything is up to Allah, so says Mohammad. Everything that
a Muslim does is contingent upon the will and decree of
Allah. It is for this reason that the phrase ensha-Allah
(Allah willing) always accompanies any promise or commitment
that a believer makes. By embracing Muhammad as the unerring
and eternal emissary of Allah, a Muslim surrenders his
liberty to decide for himself.
The Muslims’ surrender of Liberty is not merely a matter of personal choice. The Muslims, having abandoned their most precious rights, are out to make all non-Muslims also do so, by hook or crook. It is said that misery loves company. And the type of misery that Islam has visited on the Muslims and the Islamic lands is a rapidly spreading plague that must be resisted by all who cherish their God-given Liberty.
A personal note
As for me, I am with the people who guard their Liberty even in the face of death. I am with the people of Masada who committed mass suicide rather than submit their necks to the yoke of Roman slavery. I am with Kaveh Ahangar, Babak Khorramdin, Maziar, Sattar Khan and thousands of other honorable Iranians who defended Liberty in the face of death. I echo Patrick Henry’s cry: Give me liberty or give me death. Life without liberty is living death.
Amil Imani is an Iranian born, pro-democracy activist who resides in the United States of America. He is a poet, writer, literary translator, novelist and an essayist who has been writing and speaking out for the struggling people of his native land, Iran. Amil Imani's Home Page: www.amilimani.com.