Thank you for the input. I do believe it is important to see all sides of the issue. The topic, biotechnology is such a broad one that involves many
different areas. It is the areas that touch on natural human development that concern me the most. I love the convenience of having a computer and the
wide expanse of knowledge that can be researched on it, however, I would have no problem giving up the knowledge and technology to be able to
experience life on a more natural level. So, understand that I do hold a bias toward nature and the natural process (order) of life. It has nothing to
do with religion and I suspect it is why religion was introduced many centuries ago as a way to form some ethical guidelines concerning human
civilizations (and as with most things/ideas touched on by the human mind, religion got warped into a system used for control rather than for
Having said that, specific areas of biotechnology that are troubling to me would include cloning, the aging process, stem cell research, newborn
screening, uses of biotechnology that go “beyond therapy,” sex selection, memory boosting and/or suppression, mood control, organ
transplantation, nanotechnology (particularly DNA nt), blah blah blah.. you should get the point.
Yes, I see benefits in helping to aide the natural human in their life experience, but not being prone to ignorance, I know that science will not be
satisfied merely to assist and has, in fact, begun to border (and even dabble in) modification. Why? I have been researching this and one reason given
by those in the above the field is for human happiness. Let me explain why I view this to be an impossible way of achieving happiness.
I remember the feelings that I had when the basketball team that I had been a part of from 7th to 12th grade won state championship our last year of
highschool. We did not start out as the greatest team. 7th grade – 10th grade we did not even come close to winning, but it was the core groups goal
that by our 12th grade year, we would have state championship rings on our fingers. We busted our arses. I can’t even begin to try and guess how
many miles we ran both on and off season during those years. The countless hours practicing as a team and individually, the determination to push
ourselves harder in practice and on our own time whenever we would lose a game, the denying ourselves of certain foods that were not good for our
bodies and energy levels… all of these things went toward that moment of happiness when we won state championship our last year and left our
highschool legacy with an undefeated basketball season (something that was not and has not been accomplished since). That victory would not have meant
crap if we had neglected our duty to work toward proving something despite being the underdogs (which we were in our district).
Happiness can not be the goal because it is not tangible. It is something that specifically comes from, yes, having imperfections and overcoming them
through our own traits and characteristics. Being perfect is actually the BIGGEST imperfection that could exist. I learn more from my imperfections,
flaws, shortcomings, bad experiences, etc.
I have ADHD. I am prescribed with the highest dose of adderall allowed, which goes to show HOW “bad” my “symptoms” are perceived in the
medical world. The doc prescribes the medicine with the intent of taking away the symptoms. I take the medication with the intent to assist me when I
am having to fill the role of “provider” in my family. I take less than the prescribed amount and even, quite often, don’t take it at all. Why?
Because the effects of having ADHD are not “symptoms” to me.. it IS me. It is part of what makes me who I am. I have the ability to overcome some
of the negative aspects on my own and choose to do so which makes me feel GOOD and in fact, BETTER than if I were to rid the symptoms through a quick
fix method (aka meds). The meds, imo, are there to assist and not to change me. I think it is dangerous to think of these fields as a means to change
us so we are happy. They WILL change us, but the cost could be losing the ability to experience true happiness that comes from accomplishing our goals
within the boundaries of who we are naturally.
I hope that might better explain the reservations I have concerning biotechnology.