Everything Wrong With Perfection In Michael Sandel's The Ethical Life

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Everything Wrong With Perfection
The case of human perfection. With technology advancements in this day and age, being able to alter the genes of humans to create perfect people is not so far away. In fact, scientists have already begun to work on this experiment and it is said to be coming about smoothly, according to the internet, and in the near future, we will be able to pay for the genetically perfect race. Although this seems to be a good idea, not having to worry about failure, health issues, and other things that bring paranormal states to the average human, there are some arguments against such a perfect world. Most people will stand by the experiment for human perfection because it brings better change to mankind. What this means
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This is because they have no knowledge of how their bodies and minds are being altered to feed the parents ego and expectations. Then there is the idea that parents will become obsessed and eventually start to use the program for personal purposes only, not thinking about the human who has to deal with the choices. For example, parents who want the blonde hair blue eyed child because they are adorable, only thinking on the matter of appearance and compliments to come from others who also find the child adorable. In the book, The Ethical Life, edited by Russ Shafer-landau, we read an excerpt from philosopher Michael Sandel in which he argues against perfection also. He worries about people becoming controlling and undermining the difference between people. He states, in his excerpt titled “The Case against Perfection” from the book, The Ethical Life, edited by Russ Shafer-landau, “ …the successful would become even more likely that they are now to view themselves as self-made and self-sufficient … Those at the bottom of society would be viewed not as disadvantaged but simply unfit.” (TEL, 440). This is equally my argument as well. My biggest issue with the experiment is …show more content…
One article that not only supports my claims but helped readers draw more in depth conclusions was a piece in the NYLN website and titled, “8 Most Notable Pros and Cons of Designer Babies”. I started opposing the experiment for minor disbalances, one being the idea it violates the rights of the human being altered without proper knowledge of what is happening to them. NYLN helps support the argument. The article states, “A baby will have no say as to how his body or cells will be altered or used. They will be unable to voice out their concerns, especially when they are still embryos. Even if it is done for a good cause, it is unfair for the baby to be treated like a tool instead of a human being.” What this means is that, although the process is said to be best for the baby, it is still unjust to the child because they are not being thought of as a human who needs to grow and develop as they move on in life. Instead the child is being thought of as an experience for the parents and everything is done to make the parents happy. It is like the child is a toy and the parents gets to build the perfect little item to play with for the right cost. It is really upsetting to think about a world where the parents are that dependent on machinery and technology that we have allowed machines to practically spit out the next child. I picture a world of robotic human

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