Reproductive Tech, genetic engineering, right and wrong
I think that if we lived in a society such as this one, some people would be stronger, healthier, and more “upstanding” members of society. The people who get modified even before they’re born will certainly have advantages in life, and things would generally be easier for them. Anton was genetically modified to have as many characteristics that would not be received with prejudice as possible. However, how many people would actually be able to pay for such modifications? A major downside to doing this is potentially further separating people, and even potentially countries, by economic status. Some people might not be able to afford it, whereas others might be able to afford it several times over. Some countries might not even be able to afford to perform the procedure. And of course, those modified would have an easier time navigating the world, but only because they were made to be that way. Again, it would create a large divide between members of society.
I would want to be a “faith” baby. The idea that my parents would want a perfect version of me, right down to the DNA, doesn’t sit right with me. I understand that being modified in this world generally means that success is likely, I still wouldn’t want to be made for the purpose of success rather than love. There’s also a pressure that comes with genetic modification to be perfect, to be successful. Even though any mental illness would be eliminated even before birth, there’s still a good chance of stress becoming a problem if the desired success is not achieved.
If I was deemed an in-valid, I don’t personally think that I would go to the lengths that Vincent did to get into the Gattaca program. First of all, I am not that brave. I probably would not have tried to break out of my status in the first place. But, it also seemed like so much work to keep up their act. Vincent had to make blood fingerprint sachets every day just to get into work, Eugene had to be in a bag to make samples of pee that would be used for interviews and other routine tasks, and both of them had to be on constant alert. There is a lot of blood pricking in this society, and the need to carry around someone's blood and pretend that it is mine freaks me out. I think that what they did was very stressful even watching, and there were too many risks. There's no real way around DNA, and so I would not do something like this.
This connects to the idea of eugenics mainly because of the reasoning behind the modifications. Their purpose was to remove any imperfections from children to create a perfect society. Eugenics is the idea that it is one's genes that determine intelligence, success, and overall validity of a person. This movie connects to that idea because a procedure is done to remove any illness to a child to ensure that they succeed. If they're not genetically modified, they're at risk for imperfection, and if they do end up having any, they're frowned down upon. Vincent emphasizes just how important genes are to society are a few different times, saying things like, "the real resume is in my cells," and, pointing out that his brother, who was modified, was worthy of his father's name, implying that he himself is not.
This movie relates to the question of "how far would you go to have a child without imperfections?" Clearly, many parents in this movie are willing to undergo a procedure in which potential children are made, and they hand pick the one they want to be theirs. At the very beginning, Vincent says that it is even looked down upon to be born out of love, which goes back to the question we looked at earlier, of what we look for in partners. What he suggests is that people look for partners based on their genes and how "good" they are. It goes to show how absorbed people can be with perfection, and how eugenics tales a completely different perspective when it comes to human life.