Once upon a time, cloning was a fairy tale, a fiction in which we lied to ourselves so we could sound fancy and futuristic. Nowadays, cloning is no longer a fiction but fact, but our current mindsets have been pushing back against human cloning at the very least. We have outdone ourselves even more since then, because now we have the technology to manipulate genes. In Europe and America, the governments may have tighter regulations over what sciences can be experimenting with, but in China they have less regulations in this regard. Thus, in the video right after the break, the subjects within are about how China is encouraging their scientists and the likes to explore the controversial realms of science — according to the West — and these are cloning, genetic engineering, and so much more.
Personally, I think genetically engineering a clone living being is to maximizing the potential of a living being. Nonetheless, genes are not the only things that could influence the growth potential of a living being, because environment factors do play equally important roles as genes. This is why we have seen some smart human beings got stupid history records, because their environmental history had affected their past and possibly future decisions.
You can genetically engineer a super smart person, but his or her prospect won’t be very bright if you put him or her in poverty stricken environment. This individual would have faced unfavorable environment factors that could affect his or her future. For an example, he or she may sell drugs to make money, but he or she got pretty good at making a living illegally for he or she got pretty good genes and high IQ. This is why I don’t think genetic engineering is everything, because genetic engineering is only favorable when it could be maximizing.
If you can’t maximizing a designer baby’s potential, this baby may grow up in a way that his or her history would eventually turn him or her into another Hitler. You never know! I can’t stress enough on the importance of the environment, because you may never know how a designer baby would grow up when his or her potential is about balancing between the genes and the environment.
Although I do feel genetically engineering a living being is somewhat risky, but I do admit I can see the potential for such technology. This technology can improve a living being’s potential as long the living being is being nurtured in a very good environment. It’s like a smart student who has a very good teacher may turn out to be a very good specialist than otherwise. I do see genetic engineering a living being technology can potentially encourage society to look down on nature. What would happen when nature could do a better job than the scientists in engineering a living being? This is why genetic engineering a living being isn’t a sure thing!
In summary, I don’t have anything against genetic engineering and clone technologies, but I do hope society could see that the universe is much more complex than scientists in a lab, designing a living being. I think we can copy God, but I don’t think we can outsmart God. After all, we are living in a fishbowl, and like a fish we would never figure out the real meaning of not being a fish in a fishbowl. By the way, God could be a force, an energy, a whatever that created our universe, and perhaps each universe has its own God. Thus, to me God is like a scientific force and not a religious one. Regardless, what I’m saying is we are a part of this universe, and so to think outside of this universe won’t be so easy. Thus we should tread carefully when it comes down to add or minus something in which could drastically change our society’s fundamentals and beliefs.