A new technology has emerged, known as CRISPR-Cas9. CRISPR-Cas9 is made of the enzyme Cas9, which works to cut DNA, and an RNA guide leading the enzyme to the specific DNA code it has been sent to cut. With this technology scientists can alter an entire species permanently, shutting down entire cells. The difference between CRISPR and genetic-engineering is that genetic-engineering cuts and pastes the nucleotides from the genes of one organism into the genes of another to introduce the desired traits, whereas CRISPR actually changes the organism’s genetic code. With CRISPR, scientists may be able to treat disease, alter ecology, transform foods, and…
…edit humans. Why? Why would anyone do such a thing? They have actually experimented with preborn babies, testing CRISPR on them. Their excuse for this? The children are “nonviable” they say. What is that supposed to mean? That those children, human children, are not worthy of life? Who can decide who is and who is not worthy of life? J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in his great work, The Lord of the Rings, “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.”
Do these people think they are gods, to pick and choose who lives and who does not? That, I fear, is exactly it. Adam’s Bane continues even unto the present day. You do not have to believe (I for one do) to see the truths in the Biblical story of Genesis. What did the snake say? “When you eat of it (the fruit of the forbidden tree) your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods.” Pride is man’s greatest failure. It always has been. People so desperately want to be gods that they would destroy life in an attempt to create it.
CRISPR could be used to end dwarfism and muscular disorders, to make all humans declared worthy of life physically perfect. But what they don’t understand is that the people who are different, the sick, the injured, the deformed, teach the rest of us. Teach us to love, to be humble, and to be happy in life, no matter what happens. If we are all the same, what would happen then?
I am calling for a reasonable defense of this gene-editing technology. A reasonable defense for changing life. Step outside. Feel the sun against your skin. Concentrate on the warmth all around you. Place your hand on your arm, feeling the skin. Run your fingers through your hair. Eat. Hug someone you love. A mother, a father, a brother, a sister, a friend. Feel the glow inside flood throughout your entire body. Breathe. Breathe in and out. If you can honestly tell me all that is just an accident, a great big joke, then you can try to convince me CRISPR is ethical. If it is not a joke, if it was not an accident, if it was and is all for a purpose, all created intentionally the way it is, are any of us worthy enough to change it? Are you worthy?
Don’t stand by and watch. Learn from history. Terrible things have happened because of people just watching. Not enough people are standing for what is right, because they are afraid of being thought wrong. Don’t be afraid. We are the next generation! Everything is up to you. Stand up. And don’t fall back down.