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.