The Relationship Built For Long-Distance

When reading through this week’s material the emergence of eugenics comes consistently from the wrong reasons. Even though it was experimented with in the 19th century, there is a spike in these surgeries starting in the early 20th century then peaking during times of the Great Depression, WWII, etc. Eugenics is an attempt to “improve” the genetic make-up of an entire race by conducting surgeries that remove “deleterious” genes from society or stimulating the breeding of those with more societally favored characteristics. When the term was coined in 1883 Francis Galton declared it “a virile creed, full of hopefulness”. Medical professionals often claimed that these surgeries were safer for the population as a whole as it will prevent the reproduction of those who may commit crime, be violent, etc. when in reality they were targeting minority groups with disabilities per usual. This “hopefulness” stems from the selfish desire to only be surrounded by those who will submit to power while looking and acting like everyone else. After the data of over 20,000 Californian sterilizations had been evaluated it is not surprising to discover that the majority of those sterilized were children of “Mexican, Italian and Japanese immigrants, frequently with parents too destitute to care for them”. Those voting on the legal abilities to sterilize were white men who were not impacted by their decisions that favored their “ostensibly progressive opinions”. In the eyes of the relationship between science and society there is a blur between the side of the relationship that is toxic and the side that functions successfully. I believe that the use of eugenics has been on the toxic side for the majority of its existence. The only way for science and society to create a healthy relationship is the set of boundaries between them. We exist because of science and there is no option to opt-out of using it, affecting it, or experiencing it everyday. That being said we have the control to limit the use of manmade science upon ecosystems and populations. Eugenics is just another example of the unnecessary changes that a techno-fix can create upon our Earth, but the research and policies are still required amongst many issues. In the end it comes down to having a widespread amount of research with a combination of varied opinions that can work together to morally support the Earth and the systems functioning on it.

3 thoughts on “The Relationship Built For Long-Distance

  1. I really enjoyed the flow of your post. But what stuck out to me the most was your statement about how science and society need to learn to set boundaries to create a healthy relationship, great thought.

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  2. I like that you brought up setting boundaries between science and societies. It is not about disconnecting them, or pushing away one and keeping the other. As you said, it is impossible to live without science. The relationship between the two is what needs to be different. For so long, it has been more on the toxic side with eugenics. Negative aspects of both science and society were brought up, causing many people to suffer. Eugenics was a solution to a problem that did not really exist, or that was not important enough to resolve.

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