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What would a World of nothing but Perfection be like

The theme of perfection is arisen through Margaret Atwoods Maddaddam Triology. I find it very interesting how this theme is brought up and how her novels somewhat show individuals who haven’t reached perfection while others have been designed to be perfect; they are know as the Crakers.

As I have come across this theme, I have come to think of what would a world of nothing but perfection be like. Would human beings simply be happy? Or on the contrary, would perfection lead to our unhappiness?

Not the pursuit of happiness but the pursuit of PERFECTION

In the long run, I believe that pursuing perfection would somewhat lead to one’s unhappiness which could then lead to their own destruction. We shouldn’t want to attain perfection; we should just accept ourselves. We may want to improve ourselves but we must not want perfection as us individuals are perfect just the way we are. We have been brought up into this world as all being different from one another which is what makes us unique. If we were to live in a world were there was nothing but perfection, we would not be able to evolve nor to learn and to educate ourselves. In life, we fail and we do mistakes and these mistakes are the ones which allow us to educate ourselves. If we were perfected beings, what would be left to learn? What would we learn from? Who would we learn from? I guess by just talking about it, it is somewhat hard to think about.

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Image taken from: https://steemit.com/parenting/@rarcntv/a-photo-of-perfection

The idea of perfection may certainly vary from a person to another. I may have a certain perception of what perfection is while someone else may consider it as being something completely different.

My in class presentation about this topic has inspired me to think more in depth about the topic and to write this blog as I believe that we must all like ourselves for who were are. I know that some of you might think that it seems “cheesy” and that in our world, we all want to attain perfection but I think that that shouldn’t be the case. Why want to attain perfection while we could just strive for progress; just be a better you than being someone who aren’t.

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Our IMPERFECTION is what makes us PERFECT

Personally, I think that it is our imperfection that makes us perfect. The fact that we are all different and unique makes us perfect. We should all embrace our imperfection.

The second book in Margaret Atwood’s trilogy, The Year of Flood, presents the topic of perfection and how at the end, perfection was the route to destruction of humanity rather than it being the route to happiness.

What is perfection? Does it actually exist?

According to me, perfection is just an idea that we have created. It is an idea that does not represent reality. It is not realistic.

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Living in a World of Genetically Modified Beings

CRISPR-system.jpgHuman beings being artificially altered using their genes???

     After having read one of Margaret Atwoods novels, Oryx and Crake, I have come across the the thought of what would a world of nothing but genetically modified beings be like?Rather than being naturally brought up into our world, we would be created in labs and our DNA would be altered.

I have asked myself: what would be the purpose of editing ones DNA? Would it be to perfect them? Would be to make us all immortal beings?

This idea of being able to scientifically modify genes and create beings leads to the thought of immortality. A technological advancement in relation to the alteration of genes would possibly allow beings to be immortal. Although it may lead to one being immortal, doesn’t it seem somewhat immoral to do so? We may all view this modification process differently but I see it as being immoral. I perceive the process as immoral since ones DNA is intentionally interfered with. In Oryx and Crake, Jimmy’s mother says: ” You’re interfering with the building blocks of life. It’s immoral. It’s…sacrilegious” (p. 57). And then Jimmy’s father replies by saying: “It’s just proteins” (p. 57). She believes that doing so is dishonest in some ways. The work that is done in labs is harmful and there are definitely risks to take into consideration.

Although I see some aspects of this modification as being negative I believe that it would allow us to save lives which would lead to a greater world. If DNA modification were to help prevent one from getting any disease that could be life threatening, one would not have to live with the fear of losing their life.

According to the article Genetically Modified Babies found in The New York Times, these modifications would be able to prevent children that are born from developing mitochondrial diseases and women with the disease would be able to give birth to a healthy child. Although it may allow the birth of a healthy child, these procedures are risky and problematic.

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The theme of modification and immortality presented in the book made me raise questions considering how far would we go to created beings in a lab or genetically modifying them.  We should consider that yes these modifications may be positive but they may also have negative aspects to them.

It may seem as I am contradicting myself as I have said that I think that it is immoral to genetically modify beings and then I go on to say that it may save lives which is a positive aspect. What I mean is that even though it is immoral in some ways since the being is basically scientifically created, if it may lead to a better world without diseases nor death why not follow this practice.

If you had the option to genetically modify your child, do you think that you would rather bring him into this world ‘naturally’ or ‘scientifically’? And do you think that modifications are immoral?

Work cited

Atwood, Margaret. Oryx and Crake. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2003. Print.

Darnovsky, Marcy. “Genetically Modified Babies”. The New York Times. Feb 23, 2014. Web. Feb 24, 2017.