The Pros And Cons Of Eugenics

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In an ever advancing world and desire for perfection, the word eugenics is growing more prominent in today’s language. Its “infamy” is only increased by todays technological advances allowing everyone access to the information necessary to learn about what it is. The word eugenics, meaning good birth in Greek, was created in 1883 by Francis Galton, cousin to Charles Darwin who was responsible for the theory of evolution in particular, survival of the fittest. Eugenics is the science of improving a population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. This philosophy of improving the human race through eugenic practices is believed by many around the world and has been considered a serious problem throughout history due to its negative consequences. It first began as encouragement towards the “superior” human beings, the healthiest and ablest humans to have more children, therefore passing on the “superior” genes. Although this soon encouraged negative obsessive behavior from people who believed eugenics to be far more important than just encouraging healthier babies to be born. Negative Eugenics is a critical problem as it doesn’t just encourage the prosperous continuation of healthy humans; it is the genocide of humans under prejudice judgment. It involves the killing of the “inferior” humans from the breeding population to prevent unwanted traits and preserve humanities fitness. Sir Francis Galton, father of eugenics, was an English Victorian polymath. He specialized in psychology, anthropology and is most well-known for his work on Eugenics. His intrigue into genetic variation in the human population was sparked by his cousin’s publication of “The Origin of Species” in 1859. Gal... ... middle of paper ... ...s word to label the procreation of successful couples and create a science out of it. Although the obsessive behaviors of humans caused this to become an unhealthy science without any control and boundaries causing violation of humans rights to be a norm. The altruistic aspects of this movement diminished as efforts to artificially improve the human genetic pool resulted in the obstruction of rights for those determined unfit. Eugenics turned into a tool to legally exercise racism, hatred and bigotry against those in lower economical brackets. The negative aspects of the word eugenics, Hitler’s genocide and Americas Action T4 program will forever haunt society as long as technology is around. They will serve as reminders that humans can grow too obsessive over a certain idea which will flood the minds of many and blind them from what is morally and ethically just.

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