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Why don't they farm this herb in a massive amounts and give it to every citizen, so that they all could have super powers?

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    Because the world is perfectly balanced between good & evil. It's all about collateral damage. For a normal human disagreement, collateral is less. For a superpowered human disagreement, the collateral is larger. – KharoBangdo Jun 2 '18 at 4:33
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    The best analogy I thought up is replace Wakanda with America & Heart shaped herb with guns. You can see the outcome in news every day – KharoBangdo Jun 2 '18 at 4:39
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    @KharoBangdo sound like a potential answer – Ankit Sharma Jun 2 '18 at 7:05
  • This answer states that, drinking the herb does not give power, but remove the power and make him like a normal person – J M Jun 4 '18 at 9:26
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    @irsha the herb gives the power of the Black Panther, while the potion removes it to allow a fair combat. Herb and potion are two different things – Lorenzo B. Jun 4 '18 at 10:09
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From a philosophical point of view, the world is perfectly balanced between good and evil. It is all about collateral damage. In everyday life, for normal human disagreements, the collateral damage will be less but for a super-powered human disagreements, the collateral damage will be much much more.

The best analogy from real life I could think of is to replace Wakanda with America and Heart-shaped herb with guns. We can see the results of giving everyone a (super)power almost everyday in the news. Lots of innocent bystanders are killed.

With great power comes great responsibility and whoever shall be worthy should possess that power.

  • And what about their military? Don't they want to arm their soldiers like Doras with the best stuff? – Poma Jun 2 '18 at 9:44
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    @Poma that is a completely different question. Creating an army of super soldiers has been explored previously in the MCU. The US govt wanted to created an army of super soldiers like Captain America in CA: The First Avenger. The Russian govt created an army of super powered Winter Soldiers in CA: Winter Soldier. I can't answer why T'Challa or his ancestors didn't want an army of super powered Dora Milages – KharoBangdo Jun 2 '18 at 10:15
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    @KharoBangdo *Civil War is where it's explored that they made super soldiers that couldn't be controlled – DForck42 Jun 4 '18 at 17:51
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There could be multiple reasons to why the Wakandans don't feed the Heart Shaped herb to everybody.

Political

Wakanda is essentially a monarchy where the king rules with the help of his council. It will not be in the ruler's interest to make a herb that bestows its consumer superhuman strength and reflexes available to anybody and everybody. A rogue citizen who wants to overthrow the king would indeed benefit from the Heart Shaped herb. For instance, what do you think would have happened if M'Baku had access to the herb?

Moreover, this would cause the Wakandan society to break down as everybody would become a physically powerful (read superhuman) being. And as far as giving it to their military goes, Wakanda hasn't really been a conquesting country. They rely on secrecy and the force-field around their country to keep out unwanted visitors.

Theological/Religious

It is mentioned in the movie that the herb is a gift from Bast - the Panther Goddess. It is meant for the worthiest warrior (the King). Giving it to everyone is tantamount to disrespecting and angering the goddess.

Worthiness

Not everyone is worthy of consuming the herb. An unworthy recipient will have violent reaction to the herb which can be fatal. Although this wasn't really expounded upon in the movie, it has happened in the comics universe.

Logistical

At present, the Wakandans grow the Heart Shaped herb in a small garden of sorts since its consumption is restricted to a single individual. If the number of consumers grow exponentially to the entire population of the country, they will have to start farming it on a much larger scale. It would require a large work force to tend to the crops (remember how many women were in the garden tending to such a small bounty). This would also bring forth accountability issues as some of this crop could end up in foreign hands becoming a different kind of threat altogether.

At the end, the reason is a sum of these factors. Ultimately the Wakandan's philosophy, social structure and their religious belief regulates their use of the heart-shaped herb.

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The panther goddess Bast gave it to one person. If She wanted everyone to have it, She would have done so.

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