In January, Ruthie’s dad Ethan asked her whether she wished that her parents had corrected the gene responsible for her blindness before she was born. Ruthie didn’t hesitate before answering — no. Would she ever consider editing the genes of her own future children to help them to see? Again, Ruthie didn’t blink — no.
Should you? Would you? I guess most of us would find it hard to imagine living life with a disability. Perhaps even more so difficult because we have already experienced what life is without a disability. But is it “right” to manipulate our children’s genes to give them a better life? In my opinion yes, as this is something that will drastically improve their quality of life. After all, don’t we all want our children to be fit and healthy?
In addition, the excerpt above reminds me of the conjoined twins mentioned in the book “Stumbling upon happiness”. About how happiness is relative and subjective because of how varied our emotions and experiences are.
Happiness is a subjective emotional state, so when you and I say that we are “extremely happy” we may mean completely different things. Most people would find the idea of being a conjoined twin to be a horrible fate. You couldn’t possibly be happy in that condition, right? Then how come conjoined twins rate themselves as happy as nonconjoined people, Gilbert asks. Is that because they don’t know what “real” happiness is? Or are you wrong to think that you couldn’t be happy as a conjoined twin?