What Makes A Good Life? Essay

1816 Words Dec 9th, 2016 8 Pages
Although no one opposes that human life should be enhanced, not everyone has the same definition of what constitutes the perfect human being. Everyone has different conceptions of what makes a good life and what certain characteristics are desirable. So in order to allow freedom of choice, from a liberal perspective, these differences among people’s opinion should be respected in order to avoid mistakes of the past where authoritarian leaders of the old eugenics movement dictated which traits/race were favored. Allowing individuals to have a freedom of choice, according to Agar, it motivates individuals to adopt a pluralistic view and not a monistic view of human excellence. As a consequence, “an evil doctrine” is being altered into a morally acceptable one. In other words, with liberal eugenics everyone is free to follow their personal conception of human excellence without being dictated by an authoritarian figure like in past movements. But if this liberal core was followed and one day genetically engineer intelligence and longevity was achieved by geneticist, people after a long time has passed, will be peer pressured by the mainstream practices other peers and neighbors are engaging in, to do the same. Hence, not taking part in the movement will be detrimental to the family’s overall success because they would be denying their children their right to increase their intelligence capabilities or life expectancy. Contradictorily, this goes against the notion of having…

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