Now before that title makes anyone feel offended, and or implies a negative perception, let me explain. What I mean about “I’m not “special”, I’m S.P.E.C.I.A.L.”, Firstly calls back to a videogame series I love, called Fallout. Look it up if you want to know more. But basically the term S.P.E.C.I.A.L infers to the seven attributes Strength, Perception, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck.
Now coming back to the topic of Eugenics; Which was the movement/idea to puritize the bloodline. And any desirable traits were socially accepted, while undesired traits were not accepted, and often treated as a disease or a deformity. In America during the early to late 1900’s we especially prioritized this movement on our mental state, and our looks. From Stern’s article, she writes “Not too long ago, more than 60,000 people were sterilized in the United States based on eugenic laws. Most of these operations were performed before the 1960s in institutions for the so-called “mentally ill” or “mentally deficient.”” This first couple lines tell us that even as relevant as the 60’s people were sterilized so that they couldn’t reproduce, as they were not “mentally well”; But as we read further down the page we see that the majority of these patients were, women who had many relationships, and the children of poverty stricken immigrants. So were not dealing with people whom are just mentally unwell, but whole demographics of people who didn’t have the necessary needs in life to compete with society; And for this they are considered not well. This was the majority of the Eugenics movement, which science and medical professionals supported; As it was the nature of the laws of evolution “Survival of the Fittest”, and the idea of a healthy gene pool as a result.
Not too long after the United States joined World War II in the fight against Germany. Many of the more unsavory Eugenics research fields were being abandoned, as the Nazis were doing similar work on a more larger & homicidal scale during the holocaust. But it wasn’t until the 1970s when the states started repealing their sterilization laws, when people became more supportive of the human rights movements. This is why I brought up the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attributes in my opener and title, because In light of our recent history we come to understand two things. 1. Life is harsh, and 2. We are only human. I say that in support of hour humanity as our ability to feel empathy and sympathy should be help mitigate some of the harsh realities of life. But knowledge and society’s worship of it allowed us to disregard our humanity. Ultimately I think that we shouldn’t combine certain ideas of science because of eugenics. Our humanity has proven that we all have Strength, Perception, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and even some Luck. Science should aid our humanity and our survival, providing more opportunities for everyone.