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Love and Eugenics


Andrew: What you call “prejudgments” I call “wisdom.”  History teaches us important lessons about these matters that we ignore at our distinct moral peril.  
Creating invidious distinctions is one of the things, alas, that humans do best.  Indeed, we are doing it now, as Kathryn’s posts noted, and the result is to potentially wipe off the face of the earth important members of the human family.  (For those who think Down syndrome should be wiped out, I suggest reading this wonderful article from the London Times: Moreover, the Netherlands is well into the eugenic infanticide project, permitting doctors to euthanize ill and disabled infants based on their supposed inability to have a “livable life.”  This murderous practice will soon be formally legalized.  And, as I have written here, eugenic infanticide is being normalized through sympathetic treatment in the New England Journal of Medicine, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, just to mention a few outlets.  We have been down this road before and to ignore the potential or likely consequences of such thinking is either foolhardy or to be willfully naive.
And why would you want less love in the world? 


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