Genetic Engineering

Genetic Engineering

The novel "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley starts with a guided tour through the "Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre". The first three chapters describe very well how humans are "made" and coditioned in the "New World". The World leaders can form people at will due to genetic engineering and conditioning. These born humans look like the World leaders want and they act like they want them to. Some of them are just conditioned to work (Gammas, Deltas, Epsilons). Reminds me of the film "I-Robot" in which human alike robots are construkted to work for people. Wouldn´t that be an idea for the future to have some kind of easy thinking "human-pets" working for you? Genetic engineering would make it possible. We have already started to do the just described thing with vegetables and fruits. We let them grow them like we want them to be. The advantage is cheaper, better tasting and longer lasting nutriment. What if we start doing the same with humans? We could not only have workers but also perfect humans: Intelligent, well build and good looking. Wouldn´t that be great? By creating a society like this we could have a perfect working system without war and sorrows. But is this humanity?
No it is not. In my opinion people should just not try to play god. There was a man in Germans history who tried to do so and we should think about the consequences of his racial ideology we still suffer from.

Vocabulary:
… at will - nach belieben
… due to - auf grund von…
nutriment - Nahrung

(Jonas Claßen)

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