a reply to: Kashai
I am aware of the historical significance of the wider issue at play, but I think it is worth pointing out the following.
First of all, removing certain gene traits which cause debilitating diseases, would be advantageous, not just for those at risk of carrying those
genes and manifesting symptoms of the diseases associated with them, but also for wider society. In a nation like mine, which has a nationalised
(sensible) healtcare system, as opposed to a bloody stupid one involving more corporations than a chamber of commerce yearly gala, the amount of money
spent on caring for those with debilitating genetic disorders would be cut dramatically if those gene traits were eliminated from the geneline of the
This would have knock on effects throughout healthcare provision, more money being available to be allocated to other issues. Emergency response,
cancer wards, heart and thoracic surgery, spinal damage, nerve damage, all of these areas, and many, many more, could be improved, and need to be.
With genetic disorders of serious magnitude removed from the threat list, money could be allocated to those instead, which would be beneficial over
time, and in the short term too!
Then you have to consider the fact that we should expect better of our fellow human beings these days, than to kill over what does and does not
constitute humanity. IVF treatment is not natural, pre-eclampsia sufferers do not often naturally survive a birthing procedure, and gunshot victims
would not, absent the application of science, find their wounds magically sealed and their blood loss stemmed. They would merely die.
My buddy has an implant in his spine which keeps dead nerves from sending erroneous pain signals to his brain, by sending interference patterns to
break up the initial signal. We joke that he is now a cyborg, but he is as human as you or I, and so would any child who came about as a result of
As I have said, the master race issue, gene manipulation to provide unnatural advantage is unacceptable, but any effort to reduce or eradicate
genetic disorders, to give those who would have been born with them the same fighting chance as you and I have to enjoy our lives to the fullest...
Think about Hawking for a moment. He's a world renowned physicist, lives largely in the confines of his mind, still teaches as far as I am aware...
But unlike you and I, he cannot climb a mountain to get as close as physically possible to the stars. He cannot just up and decide to go out at night,
jump into his boots and set up his telescope any time he sees fit, going in mere moments from restful repose in bed, to leaping into action. He is
limited by the fact that his body has betrayed him. Yes, he is still a marvellous mind, and yes, his thinking changed physics and the way we think
about physics as a species.
But does he get everything he could get out of his human experience? Do you not think he misses being able to operate his own toilet, his grooming,
be the master of his time, and have every part of the dignity which MUST be somewhat eroded by having to have someone else attend to his every need?