March 2, 2009
Would you have a child, having been told that you will pass on a gene for a fatal disease?
I certainly would not. It’s incredibly, inexcusably selfish. Of course we’re all going to die someday, but why ensure that the deck is stacked against your kid from the beginning? And what happens when he’s older and you have to explain the situation to him – that you know what’s going to kill him? I don’t mean to resort to cheap histrionics here, but how could you live with yourself knowing that you’ve done such a thing deliberately, and for money. Because let’s not forget that in this case, sincere desire to reproduce has nothing to do with passing a fatal gene on to some hapless infant. It’s all about cashing in, which makes saying yes to this dare pretty reprehensible in my eyes. For those still mulling it over, I’d recommend taking a look at this article.
There are many, many real life stories about couples who are both carriers of debilitating diseases who knowingly breed and produce ill-fated, sickly children. And these stories always totally piss me off. Being so desperate to have children and so selfish and self-absorbed that you don’t give a shit about sentencing them to a life of chronic illness and suffering – and in some cases, an early death – is just awful. Isn’t the world cruel enough as it is? (Answer: Yes. The world is cruel enough as it is.) What kind of despicable person would you have to be to essentially have a hand in killing your very own child? (I actually answered my own question there, I think.) And for money! If there is a hell, there’s a special place in it for people who would do such a thing just to get rich quick. At least, there would be if this game were real and all.