Now imagine this:
(a fanciful idea that occurred to me)
- We build a shelter for gorillas, taking in 30 or so of the healthiest, strongest, smartest we can find.
- We breed them and select only the healthiest, strongest, smartest to remain. It takes about 12 years for a gorilla to reach mating age, so this will be a long process over their generations.
- Each generation is taught tool use and sign language to develop intelligence and to determine who the smartest are.
How many generations do you think it will take before we have a group of gorillas whose intelligence surpasses that of the average human, who are healthy because ones with diseases are removed, and who are obviously stronger, because they are gorillas?
They are likely already of higher strength of character than a modern human (third tripartite quality).
How embarrassing would this be to people in general? In under a century we could have apes who make for better human beings than human beings do.