Genetic Engineering of Humans
Human genetic engineering in the world today has become an issue because of its many positive uses and its probable consequences. There is no denying that it could be incredibly useful for preventing diseases such as cancer and others before we are even born. But, with this also comes the ability to give children genes before their born that will give them talent to run faster, jump higher, use more of their brain that will severly distinguish them from the rest of society. Imagine growing up and you are the best athlete in your high school, you can out perform anyone you come against. You are commended on your work ethic but he question that comes up most often is “How do you do it?” You begin to think about this question. What do I do that’s different from everyone else? Is it a talent, or is there something that separates you from everyone else. Your parents have no athletic skill at all, so where is all this skill coming from? Then you bring this up with you parents and they let you in on startling news. When you were born you parents had your genes altered to make you more athletic. How would you feel?
The idea of genetic alteration of humans for purposes such as increasing physical is a worrisome topic. It is a hard topic to address and dismiss as a bad idea because there are many good applications for this procedure. The idea of curing humans of diseases before birth is an amazing thing to think about. This poses a bright future for mankind but it also includes a distressing idea. The fact that humans can alter the fate that god intended us is scary. Humans were not meant to alter their future, but throughout history they have. Being able to cure imperfections in humans seems to alter everything that makes us unique.
The main fear is that this procedure will become very common and that is will spin out of control to the point where you can’t notice any traits similar that the parents have. The Essay on the post human condition seems to share these fears. Bill McKibben discusses how simple changes in the way we live have drastically changed our lives forever. For instance Bill McKibben explained how divorce has become more common and has ruined the sanctity of marriage forever. Marriage began as ‘until death do us part but that is not the case anymore. People will bail out a marriage at the first bad sign that shows up but in marriage you were supposed to work your problems.
There is group from Great Britain called the Human Genetic Alert who is standing up for the same things that Bill McKibben describes. They believe in all the benefits of genetic engineering but they think that the commercialization of genetics and the technology has advanced too quickly for us to consider any ethical or social consequences. There is much research proving, that with some work we will be able to able to prevent most diseases that have plagued human race...