Sarah laughed. She laughed at the thought that even God could bless her with her own child. She was 90. Such a promise, even by God, was preposterous.
And God said to Abraham, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
When confronted, she lied about her disbelief.
Still, God did as he said, and Sarah bore a son, Isaac. You may believe pregnancy is a blessed event. You are no doubt happy for an expectant mother, her husband, their budding family.
Will this always be so?
We are hacking mortality, that is clear. So, too are we hacking procreation.
The Bible is a makers guide. Where once we looked upon in wonder at the story of Sarah and Abraham, or simply refused to believe, we now possess the means to impregnate a very old woman.
Perhaps with her own daughter’s child.
We can remove the baby, two months before its traditional due date, so that the mother can start chemotherapy. Or two days before, for everyone’s convenience.
We are hacking procreation, often with blessed or noble intents.
It won’t always be so.
What other reasons might society impregnate 90-year-old women? Or deny procreation?
Rapacious baby boomers lived during the greatest economic expansion in the history of the planet. It was not enough. They demanded more, they legislated more, they took more — and mandated the future pay for it all.
This was done in large part by encouraging immigration, legal and illegal, by the tens of millions. More immigrants, more laborers, more children of immigrants, leading to still more laborers, a bigger economy, more money to pay for all the promises — and when the time comes to support all of those brought in, the boomers will long be dead.
Win win, depending upon your perspective.
But why bring in immigrants by the millions, or even by the hundreds of thousands, when we have the means to ensure nearly every woman can bear multiple children multiple times, for 2-3 decades, at least?
None of this was approved, yet it continues.
Silence = Life. But of what form? For what purpose?
We are growing organs inside other animals. What is the year that we grow the first human inside of one?
Will there be contests — televised reality programs — to see who can birth the most, or the most bizarre?
New Zealand wants to rid itself of the non-native, highly invasive house mouse. They will attempt to genetically alter as many as possible, using the CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing method, so that most of the next generation are male. Then, more of the generation after that are male, then still more of the generation after that, till they can’t reproduce and all die off.
Maybe nations will do this — radically tip the scales in favor of male children — to give them a long-term, sustainable advantage in war?
An influential science advisory group formed by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine on Tuesday lent its support to a once-unthinkable proposition: the modification of human embryos to create genetic traits that can be passed down to future generations.
The advent of a powerful gene-editing tool called Crispr-Cas9 allows researchers to snip, insert and delete genetic material with increasing precision.
So-called germ line engineering might allow people to have biological children without fear that they have passed on the genes for diseases like Huntington’s, Tay-Sachs and beta thalassemia, and without discarding embryos carrying the disease-causing mutations, as is often done now.
Everyone knows such engineering won’t stop there.
“Nobody is normal.”
“The idea of ‘normal’ is a historical construct and it’s time we got rid of it”
These words are from an essay by Danish professor, Jonathan Sholl.
He need not have bothered.
Medical institutions are pathologising normality – enforcing a form of treatment that reflects social or political values instead of actual disease.
For at least the past three generations, likely much longer, the public education system in the United States, our corporate-funded media, and pop culture, particularly out of Hollywood have all insisted that normalcy is bad, to be not normal is beatific.
We are, I suspect, only months away from fellow humans employing gene editing techniques to guarantee their child is not normal. What, then? Faster, smarter, quicker, more cunning, all of these, prettier, taller, leaner, harder, more or less white, more or less dark?
We know of the tale of David and Goliath. Goliath being one of many “giants” mentioned in the Bible. Yet another story we simply assumed was fictionalized, a parable to teach us about bravery or honor or duty.
Again: the Bible is a makers guide.
When does a society begin breeding a race of giants?
Trick question. It’s already underway.
If you’re not one of them, it may be wise to learn how they were defeated once before.