“His [Mankind’s] powers are capable of an almost infinite expansion. There are no limits to the range of his knowledge or the ideals that exist within him. He can contemplate things material and immaterial, past or present. He can explore earth in its deepest strata, the numberless things on its surface; the air we breathe and the heavens above are all open to his investigation. Man can chronicle the history of all past ages; form his system of ethics or philosophy, and detail with miraculous precision the rise, progress and ruin of dynasties and the fall of empires. Perhaps, even more astounding is that man can analyze distinctly the laws of life, and can show in the aggregate the principles of longevity. Oh how great and marvelous are the powers of man.” ~RevLady on HubPages – Life and the Uncertainty of the Future
There is great controversy over the manipulation of genetics in human beings. We all are entitled to our own opinions of what is right and wrong and to what degree. There are a number of factors, however, which cannot go overlooked in drawing our conclusions. Do the long term benefits out weigh the short term costs? What right do we have to change mankind who was so lovingly made in the image of God? Is it even possible?
I for one, would like to see humanity survive for ages to come, expanding our understanding and our people to every distant life sustaining star. We often never really think long term about the species, being caught up in our day to day struggles. It is far too rare that someone of great vision comes along with the motivation and ability to bring about meaningful, beneficial change to the population as a whole.
Why shouldn’t we seek to make ourselves better? Should it not be the goal of everyone to improve themselves?
“A tree bears fruit at its top after the roots have been watered.” ~Buddhist Proverb
Let us spend the energy making mankind. Water the tree of knowledge so that our children can grow strong by its harvest. We are not perfect creatures, but to exist in the image of God, should you choose to believe in one, we must strive to attain that perfection. In fact this drive, the motivation to endeavor to become more than we are is what makes human life so precious. From the moment of our birth we are evolving, changing and if we are truly noble, we are bettering ourselves and those around us through every deed, every word and every action.
Progress by science
Science has long since been the great equalizer. Many fear its awesome power, stating that the great mystery is God’s plan and we, as mere mortals, have no business dissecting it. I strongly disagree. Math and sciences are the pursuit of the impossible. The moment we understand one thing, it raises the next question. Even so, should we persist in ignorance and abandon the pursuit of self betterment?
The reason science is so universally acceptable is that it employs methods of comparing mathematical comparison and observation. In this way barriers of belief and language are no matter. What one person sees and records, another can replicate and verify. We build upon the knowledge of others. Science should never be a threat to religion and belief.
“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” ~Albert Einstein
We cannot treat this as a disagreement between religion and science as though they were enemies. Both are products of our natural yearning for understanding, to comprehend all that which is around us. What could be more holy than to seek to understand how each miraculous gift in our lives fits together. It is only through understanding that we become more enlightened. With our understanding are we not one step closer to God, however you choose to perceive him?
Understanding basic genetics
Genetics is the science of genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms. Genes are universal to all known living organisms including viruses and bacteria, plants, animals and humans.
Traits are passed on via DNA in multi-cellular organisms through a process called sexual selection whereby those traits which are beneficial to survival, attracting a mate, reproduction and developing the next generation are more likely to be passed on. This can be anything from strength to pigmentation.
The importance of posterity
“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” ~Thomas Paine
Our lives are short and in many cases in our so called ‘civilized’ world very harsh. All we do we should do so that future generations might learn from our mistakes. We must not be selfish, squandering our time nor our resources for the sake of our children. When they look back on our time will they remember us with pride “These are the men and women who fought to better their world.” or will they look back on us and despair, “They wasted the gifts they were given on folly and left us with ruin.”
Petty arguments over what should and should not be done with our knowledge bring us as a whole no closer to the truth. Truth is what we all must seek.
“Your mother’s dead, before long I’ll be dead, and you, and your brother, and your sister and all of her children. All of us dead, all of us rotting in the ground. It’s the family name that lives on. That’s all that lives on. Not your personal glory, not your honor, but family. Do you understand?” ~Tywin Lannister, Game of Thrones
We are not just living our lives aimlessly for personal enjoyment. We don’t live to make money or spend it. What truly matters is family. Use our knowledge and understanding for the good of the species, for the good of our family. We are all part of one human family and its time we remembered that before we tear each other to pieces.