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The perfect human

Nobody’s perfect. Not a single person in the world is perfect and that is a fact. Even people considered saints will tell you that they aren’t perfect and even though pretty people might give you the idea that they’re perfect, they’re not. But what if science could create a person that is perfect? Genetically speaking, at least.

It is said that soon, science will allow for genetic modification on humans. Being able to genetically modify human embryonic stem cells will open up a lot of possibilities of course. It has already been done to prevent some diseases but there is a lot more than can be done with genetic modification on humans. Preventing diseases, potentially creating an extremely healthy person is the main goal of course but even a person’s appearance could be “perfected”. The perfect appearance doesn’t exist of course, that is subjective.

I’m all for genetic modification to create a perfectly healthy human. That would be a great development. I’m sure there are people out there that believe humans shouldn’t be playing God and though I agree at times (not because I’m afraid God will punish us for playing him) because it could create problems as well. However, genetic modification hasn’t caused that many problems yet. GMOs aren’t as bad as most people think and even though it might not be super good to eat meat from a cow that has been given a shit ton of antibiotics, GMOs have not caused considerable health problems to people (despite popular belief).

“Green washing” is a marketing term that means making products or services seem more environmentally friendly than they are. It’s being applied on the daily. Think that yoghurt is better and more green because the packaging shows a cow in a Swiss meadow? It’s very likely from some big company that gets their dairy from huge industrial farms. There’s a bunch of labels and pretty words that are allowed to be on the packaging that will make the consumer think “this product is so green, I’mma cop that for sure”. GMOs might not be bad per say but they can go hand in hand with unethical business practices. Big corporations exist to make money and if they can, they will make more money despite what’s good for the world. Marketing is a dirty trick that can make something seem a lot prettier than it is. That is the main problems with GMOs and money will likely become a problem with human DNA modification as well.

Genetically modifying humans to make humans more healthy seems like a good thing to me. It will be too early for a long time before we know if there are any bad side effects. I agree we shouldn’t be taking risks with human lives but let’s be realistic, science will do anyway. I’m just saying that if we could create perfectly healthy human beings without risks, I’d be all for that. There wouldn’t be anything wrong with no more diseases or other ailments in the world. Even though there are people with ailments that are still very happy in their lives, I believe everybody deserves to live a healthy life.

However, I can imagine that after the abovementioned scientific process will be perfected (this could take a while), scientists will looks for ways to modify humans to increase their physical performance and even appearance. That’s when I start to become skeptical. Aside from the fact that I think we shouldn’t be creating an unaturally perfect person from the day they’re born, I’m also afraid that pharma and other big corporations will be all over this breakthrough to get even richer than they already are. I’m sure they’ll be all over it when it hasn’t been perfected yet as well but when it’s more advanced it will surely become a thing for the elite, sadly. I’m not being pessimistic, I’m being realistic. The rich will always have more opportunities to improve their quality of life, sadly.

Beautiful, athletic and extremely healthy people because of modified DNA seems a bit unnatural to me. Stick to modification for health purposes I would say but I’m sure that if it’s possible, it won’t stop there.

Where’s the fun in that though? I genuinely believe that what might not be considered a beauty standard can give somebody character. The “beauty standard” isn’t even really what I consider to be the most beautiful. Sure, super models are pretty but for me they’re objectively pretty if that makes any sense. Models are supposed to be the standard for beauty but to me they all start looking the same after a while. The things that make us different can really make us more attractive as well. I’ll be realistic, there are definitely times when I understand if somebody would like to change something about themselves. Even I think that sometimes. We all do. That’s because we’re not perfect, that’s what makes us human. It’s important we embrace these differences, be happy with ourselves and be convinced we’re beautiful bastards.

If modification of human DNA became the standard than wouldn’t the world become boring? If everybody became a super model everybody would start looking the same, just look at super models.

For now, we don’t have to worry about that. But as with all developments that will very likely take place in the future, it’s definitely something we should keep an eye on.

In the end, no amount of genetic modification can change our personalities though. If you become a shitty person it won’t matter how pretty you are or ho good at sports you are. Even if you are a pretty person from the outside but you’re rotten in the inside, you’ll be unattractive. So even when genetic modification on humans becomes a real thing we can always still say that nobody’s perfect.

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5 thoughts on “The perfect human

  1. Well now! Some of the things you have said impressed me. And yes, your last paragraph did too.

    So let’s consider what GMOs actually give us. Put better, what GMOs give to the corporations that develop seed technologies… because if there’s one thing that’s certain about GMOs, it’s got nothing to do with quality or flavour: it’s all to do with yield.

    https://gemmasponderings.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/leeks-for-dinner/

    My post “Leeks for Dinner” speaks about the kind of food we get in our supermarkets – which, like the conveyor-belt models on the catwalk, are all chosen by men who have very specific ideas about what they want. Most of them haven’t a clue about what they need…

    … which is the point of my comment.

    Because GMOs are a step in the wrong direction for our food. If we are to do anything about our future, it must lie in the soil. Allow those to erode, lose their ability to harbour water, lose their quality… and you can plant anything in them and those seeds will not germinate. Indeed, modern technology has driven seed development into a blind alley already: commercial seeds from last year cannot be used because they won’t grow on the sterile soils of most farms. I notice that the seeds I bought for my garden have a tough time germinating after a year… it’s all to do with the soil they’re grown on. And it’s why I keep my own. Because I know my parsnip seed will germinate after four years, and these are notorious for not keeping a year if grown commercially.

    Yet a farmer I knew in Cornwall grew Maris Widgeon (1948) – to the astonishment of the farm inspector. But this was an organic farm (was Demeter certified) where the soils were kept in good condition.

    Which is like saying that he kept his soil properly – it’s a little like someone keeping an eye out for their personality, and the things other people see in them. None of this requires any pseudo-scientific grubbing about in our genes: it needs a person who accepts their challenges.

    As a final note, you mention that no person is perfect. Imagine what would happen if we were? If we were all made perfect by some technologist, we would all be white suprematists with brains to match. That is to say, none.

    Our flaws are an extremely important part of our humanity, if for the only reason that we are limited beings. One person’s flaw is another person’s opportunity to help, and in this way, we have a co-dependent society. What’s more, being open about one’s flaws hands one some extremely powerful tools.

    Especially in a world where people prefer to be the equivalent of a technologist’s leek…

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I definitely agree that GMOs aren’t all good. However, I personally don’t believe they are a step in the wrong direction. GMOs can provide the world with cheap, sustainable food and it could even be a solution to the ever growing problem of overpopulation and GMOs can even help us out medically. Is it ideal? Maybe not always but GMOs have given us more good than bad. We even managed to save the Papaya on Hawaii from a virus thanks to genetic modification. People often get frightened at the idea of their food coming from a “lab” but this fear is often times unwarrented. I’m skeptical when it comes to things like this but in this case I actually have to go against the popular opinions of many and say that I believe GMOs aren’t that bad. Adding to that: the “organic foods” we deem to be healthier often times also come from a lab and aren’t any better than GMOs. Nowadays it’s quite difficult to avoid and we’re all probably consuming it more than we expect and sometimes want to.

      True, flaws help us understand each other better and help us connect. Especially if one part of the world becomes “perfect” and the other doesn’t, there will be more inequality and intolerance in the world than there already is.

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      1. Thanks for your robust response, I wish to highlight the following:

        GMOs can provide the world with cheap, sustainable food and it could even be a solution to the ever growing problem of overpopulation and GMOs can even help us out medically.

        Why do we need cheap, sustainable food – when its very cheapness implies it is unhealthy? If food tastes good, it is healthy… What is more, without the supermarket destruction of good food, there is quite enough food to go around. It only means that the supermarkets have to think through their packaging, logistics and distribution systems with a little more clarity

        – and heart.

        We cannot continue to treat food as a commodity like the fuel people put in their cars. When people think of the price of food, they are getting food seriously wrong.

        I will add that a friend of mine can cure all the modest illnesses that are commonplace in society with herbs that grow wild in the English hedgerows. And that within a mile of his home, and at most times of year.

        Why then do we need plants that have been doctored with a science that is highly dubious – and furthermore, is established on the foundation of making a stack… rather than making it tasty.

        GMOs might not be so bad; that isn’t the point. The point is “who is making all the profits from them?” With this in mind, would you trust a medicine that is produced merely on the basis of profit? If you knew what goes on in sub-Saharan Africa in the name of medical science, I assure you, you would be in two minds as to the ethics of any modern medicine.

        As to organic food, so what if it comes from a lab – after all, food has to be tested if it is to enter the supermarket chain, doesn’t it? At least it tastes better and has a longer life in my fridge, often weeks beyond its official sell-by date.

        My preference is for my food to come from a plant that has grown on the best soil available.

        Not just chemical fertilizers and a genetically modified gene that means it can withstand massive amounts of glyphosate.

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      2. Sadly we live in a world where capitalism rules. I’d love to see a world not so orientated on profits but unfortunately it is what it is. Organic food, maybe from a farm store or something is not for everybody. Not everybody can afford it. GMOs could solve problems in third world countries where food resources are scarce or for people that simply can not see to their primary needs. Money is the root of pretty much all te world’s problems. Modern medicine is great, it’s just too expensive and people are getting overperscribed. But that’s a story for another blog 🙂

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      3. In a land where capitalism rules, expect to see on the one hand, food wasted, and on the other, people who cannot afford to buy it.

        GMO is only a response to a plea from indolent thinkers to be allowed to waste more food, only at less expense. This has NOTHING to do with world poverty or hunger: if the US (the prime example of capitalism in its cannibalistic form) actually invested in countries rather than bombing them, everybody would be richer.

        And less hungry, too.

        Because the future doesn’t depend on GMOs. It depends on our ability to grow sustainable crops, year after year on soil that can erode swiftly if left to fend for itself. Sterile GMO seeds are not the answer to this; compost and hard work – and no small amount of intelligence – will help.

        And that means healthy, organic cows to make healthy, organic muck to make healthy, organic compost.

        Because the more we rely on electricity, technology and GMOs, the further we walk away from this truth. We can’t rely on electricity for ever; we can rely on cows.

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