us become better human beings or not?
I for one agree with the Dalai Lama and Francis Fukuyama and believe that technology is helping us become better human beings, especially when it comes to genetics. Stem cell research, gene selection, getting rid of terminal diseases, cloning and food supply all benefit from technology. The Dalai Lama says that “scientists are even experimenting to develop farm products, such as tomatoes, injected with genes from different species of spiders (Lama77)”. Creating new breeds of plants and cloning seeds can help fix the starvation problem and give foods longer shelf lives. Technology has also allowed humans to do things such as clone. There are two types of cloning, therapeutic and reproductive. “Within therapeutic cloning, there is the use of cloning technology for the reproduction of cells and the potential creation of semi- sentient beings purely for the purpose of harvesting body parts for transplantation. Reproductive cloning is basically the creation of an identical copy (Lama79)”. This allows humans to have spare body parts. This could benefit soldiers the most. Human beings as a species have figured out ways to get things done through evolution. “Human nature is merely the species-typical human characteristics and behavior that emerged about 100,000 years ago, during what evolutionary biologists call the “era of evolutionary adaption”- when the precursors of modern humans were living and breeding on the African savanna (Fukuyama144)”.
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As the environment changes so do humans. It is all part of natural order which can be considered as a cycle. Things have to happen in order for other things to take place. For instance, “if the asteroid that hit our planet 60 million years ago had flown past instead, there would never have been any human beings at all (Fukuyama 145)”. This relates to illnesses as well, “the smallpox virus was part of the natural order until it was forced into extinction by human intervention (Fukuyama 145)”. Francis Fukuyama is saying that everything happens for a reason and I could not agree any more. Changes in genetics have happened slowly over millions of years, not all at once. Out of the two authors, I have to agree with the Dalai Lama more. Only because although the Dalai Lama believes that technology does indeed help make human better, he talks about how we must not rush ourselves into things. The ethical use of genetic technology must be kept in mind. By using technology to mess with our genes and DNA we are changing the genetic makeup. Making sure everything is right is imperative because if something were to go wrong who knows what would happen. “Today’s challenges are so great – and the dangers of the misuse of technology so global, entailing a potential catastrophe for all humankind (Lama 83)”. Fukuyama never mentions any of this; he just explains how genetic engineering can help us without its consequences. Both authors submit good reasoning for why technology is helping us become better human beings.