Saturday, April 14, 2007

Giving new neaning to "The Obsolete Man"

"Obsolete! Obsolete!"

The cry of a society of automatons whenever a function becomes outdated. No more books? Time to eliminate the librarian:

A cowardly government administrator? Liquidate him too.

(This clip repeats a little bit from the first.)

Now, back to real life and experiments in the ultimate in radical feminist technology: women who can make sperm! One more step toward making fatherhood obsolete. Men have already been told women don't need them to help raise children. Now science is working on making men unnecessary to produce them.

Playing games with life is not something that should be done lightly or selfishly, to manipulate biology so that it will be politically correct. You mess with nature, and she comes back to bite you where it hurts. Think Frankenstein--the novel, not the movie. Or Jurassic Park, in which the biting is quite literal, and we hear a warning about science without ethics, especially when commercial gain comes into the picture.

I'll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you're using here: it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you're selling it, you want to sell it!

Of course, the offspring of such reproduction would have to be female, as women don't have a y chromosome to pass a long. Wow! Not only will women be able to breed without men, they won't have to worry about inflicting more men upon the world! We'll finally have more hugs and fewer wars! Either that or cat fights like we've never seen in the history of man- I mean womonkind.

Why am I starting to feel like I live in an anti-utopian novel?

Watch the Twilight Zone, people. Or watch Gattaca. Or read Brave New World. Or 1984. Or The Giver, if your reading skills are still developing. Take your pick. The warnings are the same. A society that takes science too far and makes human life a tool for politics, or a fashion accessory loses its soul. Children are not supposed to be political statements or science projects. They do not exist to fulfill the needs of their parents. People are not to be valued and defined solely by their function. They are human beings inherently deserving of respect, even of reverence. When we fail to recognize that for some, we set ourselves up to devalue all.

Just because our ovaries make us cutting edge right now doesn't mean that in the future our test-tube babies won't find a way to make mothers (whether they come in singles or pairs) obsolete as well.

Via Catholic Mom and Bill.

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