Based off of his actions during the series, I imagine his plan to address free will is basically Shinn. I mean not Shinn specifically, but the concept behind how he treated Shinn. So he would groom up the soldiers with the best genes for combat treating them extra special to make them loyal to him and his ideals. Then whenever someone tries to go against his plan, unleash the Shinns to murder them without mercy. After the third time that mobile suits have destroyed a city because people wanted something against the Destiny Plan, free will might not seem as great anymore.
That's true. And I guess he could eventually go Brave New World on the world or atleast leave the blueprints for it...
For exonomics, the genes are not going to be so specific that the high priest can't shift people around as necessary. I mean he mentions at one point that Kira had the genetics to be the greatest soldier ever....but that is kind of inaccurate. What Kira specialized in (until he mastered the beam spam technique) was on the fly programming. He was the best soldier because he controlled a computerized death machine and he had no problem rewriting the OS on a whim. He would be...a less uber soldier if he had to fight in a non-computerized machine (he'd probably still be incredibly strong because of base coordinator body boosts). I imagine the DNA categories would be stuff like "endurance manual labor," "strength manual labor," "management," and such. So they would assign people to jobs as needed and if technology changes in such a way that certain jobs are needed less, they would simply adjust the breeding assignments to produce the next generation that better matches the expected needs.
That's the thing, though, talent or not, you still need knowledge and skills to do something. Talent just makes acquiring those a little easier, but it still takes a lot of time with or without formal education. Before Kira was dropped into a cockpit, he seemed to be that kid that carries his laptop around with him everywhere 'just in case' and mods handheld gaming systems into mini computers just for funsies.
Not to mention the whole nurture versus nature thing. The right genes are one thing, but the environment makes all the difference. The right kid in the right school with the right educators can still turn into someone who does not fit their 'destined' role. Like, since my mid-teens people have tried to push me into a career in IT (because my brain was supposedly perfect for it), conveniently forgetting that my programming skills are nothing to write home about and that bad teaching killed all my motivation to learn more than the stuff I need in daily life. Not to mention I found something I enjoy a lot more and am good at as well.
This is less of a problem for manual labour, but we're talking about a world possessing advanced robotics. Even the average labourer will need the proper skillset to handle all the machinery they come into contact with on a daily basis, and as automatisation increases the number of available jobs decreases. Now, you could of course artificially create low-level jobs just to keep that part of the population occupied, but let's just say that didn't work out so well for other countries that tried that.
Incidently, really wish they had had a scene with Shinn where they had told him something like "You and Luna can't be together, that would produce a sub-optimal child for the Destiny Plan." Because I am curious as to what his reaction to that would have been (and you know that is where things would have gone had the Destiny Plan been implemented). I know Luna would have objected...I really don't know with Shinn though.
I'd love to see something like that as well.
(Though technically, they could still be together. Sperm donors are a thing. At worst, Shinn would be helping raise someone else's child, just like nearly everyone else in the world if they did go the eugenetics to the max route.)
Well you were told it was going to be bad. So at least you went in knowing what to expect. I have to ask now, what did you think of the Mu plot resolution?
When the beam hit, I stopped caring about logic and soap opera level writing and was just happy to see things were going to be okay between those two. Sucks for him that he now has several year of war criminaling he has to live with, the the 'death' of Neo seems to have conveniently killed any other repercussions. I bet that even if he were to accidently run into Shinn, that bag of bricks with a temper wouldn't even notice Mu's his dead crush's commander.
Also did you watch the final episodes of the series or Final Plus? Because Final Plus adds some additional stuff at the end (also adds Athrun to the base infiltration...for no good reason that I can recall).
I watched the series... very old-school style. Let's leave it at that.