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The debate on genetically modifying humans has been on the rise for many years In numerous countries. Richard Hayes writes a rebuttal article titled “Genetically Modified Humans? No Thanks” discussing why he disagrees with modifying human genes and all of the horrors it entails. Although he speaks lightly of science using this method to cure diseases, he knows society will take it many steps too far. He asserts that “theses same technologies also have the potential for real harm” (500). He envisions society becoming too obsessed with the idea, and abusing the technology.
He questions, “Once we begin genetically modifying our children, where do we stop? ” (500). This Is quite a terrifying point of view. Will we be supporting a future of artificial children who have no differences from others and no say in their life course? Also, he dives into looking at the issue from an international perspective. He states, “In a world still barely able to contain the forces of nationalism, ethnocentrism, and militarism, the last thing we need to worry about is a high-tech eugenic arms race” (500).
The rise of this Invention has the possibility of creating even more tension among countries on top of the current Issues. Besides the results that Hayes mentions, genetically modifying humans should not be accepted in any country because it will lead to a rise of discrimination, a loss of humanity, and an increase in tense children. To begin, genetic engineering will lead to a rise in discrimination and prejudice. Society has come a long way concerning acts of discrimination and with this new technology, It will begin to take three steps back.
Authors Samuel Non and Morton Bessel asserts “Qualitative studies of racial discrimination and hate crimes describe psychological consequences of social stigma and discrimination, citing frequently expressed feelings of being worthless, helpless, powerless, looked down upon, sad, and fearful. ” Discrimination poses many threats on the mental stability of humans. This aspect is too often ignored by society. Bring upon a generation of “super humans” – the children who were modified by their parents- and the amount of delimitation against school children will double.
This technology Is going to breed a new race of superior people who will look down on those without genetic edification. How about the people already born with disabilities? They face plenty of discrimination as it is. This technology will only cause it to increase. Also, the rise of genetically modified humans will create even more roadblocks for people who have fought so hard to overcome them. Companies will begin to decide whether individuals are qualified for a Job or not based on the genes they are made of.
Delimitation Is found In every situation and It Is certainly not Limited to adults. Ultimately, genetic engineering will lead to a two-tier society. Also, this technology of genetic engineering will lead to a loss of humanity and individuality. No matter what race or ethnic background, all humans share the same idea of human nature. If this technology sparks and becomes a trend, others who were Initially against it will begin to participate. This will ultimately lead to limited individuality In humans.
Nobody will know what It’s Like to be different, to make common human nature everyone shares. No longer will children be raised to be their own individual, embrace their differences, understand that everyone is born efferent, and be nurtured into their futures and the person they were meant to be. Hayes implies “In the worst case, they could undermine our experience of being part of a single human community with a common human future. ” The technology is threatening the way we approach life.
As well, it will destroy the future humans had prior to genetic engineering. Last but not least, genetic engineering will create more tense children. The lives of these children have already been mapped out for them. Their plans for the future are already decided by parents. This increases the pressure on these children to live p to what their plans are supposed to be. Many thoughts will brood over these children, such as facing relentless pressure and fear of disappointing the parents.
Also, will these children feel a sense of pride when they accomplish things, or will they feel as though it has already been written for them? Not only do these questions pose threats, but so does the success of the gene tampering. Matt Bird states “Genetically altered babies will have no say in what’s being done to their bodies before birth, and consequently will have to live with whatever happens as a result of genetic tampering. This is particularly important should the gene therapy somehow go wrong, and the child turn out worse off than if it had been birthed normally. If there is a mishap in the creation of the child and something irreversibly goes wrong, the child will also have to bear the pressure this entails as well. The technology poses many mental pressures on children that can be prevented. On the other hand, it has been said that this technology will also increase progress among humans. Matt Bird also states, “Genetic engineering can also be used to move humans above and beyond their normal restraints. Genetically engineered humans can be made tougher, faster, stronger and smarter. However, these are all traits that can be obtained without the process of gene modification. If we create a race of super humans whom already possess these characteristics, what will they have left to achieve? What is left for them to be proud of and feel a sense of pride towards? Human progress is necessary, but one that is necessary at our own hands, not at the hands of our parents and doctors. Also, genes often have more than one purpose. For example, the gene for intelligence may also control anger management.
Therefore, a parent could have an intelligent child, but also an angry child. Anger can lead to other detrimental factors, such as violence or other mental disabilities, and in worst case- murder. In conclusion, the process of genetically modifying humans is unacceptable. This technology will bring about a rise in discrimination, a loss of humanity, and an increase amount of pressure on the world’s children. The world’s future is crying for our help. We cannot ignore it and allow our society to slip away. We cannot allow more discrimination into our lives and lose individuality in the world.