Genetic Differences: Social Divide Between Parents And Children

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In 1933, a mass genocide began in Germany that would last 12 years when Hitler attempted to eliminate all Jews for the reason that, in his eyes, people with blonde hair and blue eyes would be the superior race. The desire to have one “perfect” race could arise again if science learns how to modify the genetic makeup of babies before they are born. Genetically modifying babies could also lead to a divide in social classes between those that have hand selected traits, and those that were born naturally. There would also be a potential for the class divide to expand into a social divide among parents and children alike, where the “designer” children may look down upon their peers and adults would conclude that they are superior to those children and their parents. The children …show more content…
Not everyone will have the money to meticulously decide which traits their child will and will not have, and if the upper class can choose to give their children good looks, no birth defects or illnesses, and intelligence, then that child will have a greater chance of prospering and continuing to be a part of the upper class. The traits someone was born with, either naturally or synthetically, will affect the rest of their life. Not everyone was born to have the same hobbies, intelligence, or appearance; yet that is what genetic modification has the potential to do to society. Modifying unborn babies also says that certain attributes people naturally have, are undesirable. No one wants to feel like they are sub-par which is another criticism for this procedure, “Some people with disabilities resulting from inherited factors resist the idea of genetic intervention as well. They argue that it promotes the view that they are abnormal or inferior and should be fixed, which can lead to discrimination,” (“Designer Babies”). Discrimination would be a large factor in the dividing society as it will affect both elements of the

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