A Brave New World, Indeed (Controversial Challenge: Eugenics)

by g2 (la pianista irlandesa)
originally published at 09:49AM on Saturday, November 22, 2008

Peter scanned the screen. Two digital images of a pair of DNA , and beside them one strand that was incomplete.

He couldn’t believe it. Something just didn’t seem right about this, about being able to pick and choose the best of traits. Species are meant to change, but the species shouldn’t be able to change itself at will.

He shook his head. In a few years, he and all the others who had been “naturally created” would be considered inferior to this “new race.” His group wouldn’t be able to learn as fast, resist disease, or be as strong as this new breed of humans.

It’s for the best, the developers told the young Peter, think of the progress!

Yes, the progress. The pursuit of perfection. This was high-tech transcendentalism gone wrong. This wasn’t natural, this wasn’t right.

He shook his head again. “A brave new world, indeed,” he spat coldly.

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Comments

  • from band geek:

    hm… i’m not sure if I agree with you or not, but it is an interesting and very controversial topic.

    on one hand, I want the human race to actually get healthier and better, live longer and such.

    on the other hand, i think that maybe by doing things like this, it could just screw up the natural process of things.

    good ficlet!

  • from g2 (la pianista irlandesa):

    Perhaps I should clarify: I’m all for better health, longer lives and such. But I don’t want there to be a superior, “manufactured” breed of humans. That, in my mind, is just wrong. The movie Gattaca and the book Brave New World are examples of the direction I don’t want genetic engineering to take.

  • from BernerOberland:

    Makes me shudder at the flaws society would render obsolete.. will only blue eyes blondes survive??
    Reeks of Nazi Germany and sci -fi but sadly all to real when parents can choose the gender of a child and elimintae it all together if it is retarted or some other flaw society deems not perfect.
    Weve become a nation o f designer babies lets hope not.

  • from .:band baby:.:

    I agree with you… a superior “manufactured” breed is not right. The human race will evolve of time, at its own speed like it was suppose to. Us humans just try and rush things way to much…

  • from John Perkins:

    Interesting. I love Gattaca, and am having a hard time getting through A Brave New World (it’s been sitting on my shelf for months now).
    I’m interested to know at what point you disagree with bionic engineering? How do you feel about pacemakers? Artificial Insemination? Where is this line? Is it just at messing with the DNA ? Why? If you could eliminate Parkinson’s months before birth, you’d be against it? Or would that be ok?

  • from John Perkins:

    Personally, I’m all for genetic enhancement. I’m sure my lack of belief in anything supernatural is part of it. If we have the ability to eradicate disease as a species, why not do it?
    My only objection to it is that it is something that will only be available to the wealthy, thus creating an even larger divide between the classes. If we could figure out a way to keep that from happening, we should absolutely do everything we can to advance our species.

  • from Thyme Passing:

    Yes, yes, yes! So many diseases could be prevented…but yes, the idea of a “manufactured” race does seem particularly horrific, at least in my mind. Another issue to be brought up is also overpopulation. I don’t want people to die, but…therein lies the problem.