Are you unhappy with your looks? If you are, then you should feel at home as a member of human kind. You can dye your hair and wear colored eye contact lenses. Humankind is the only place where one can receive a “boob-job” or have a tattoo put on your chest and then have it removed when you are ready for a change. An instant, effortless weightloss program? Just step into my office and we will discuss lyposuction. And while we are at it, we should discuss removing that…thing. It just doesn’t become you. As one can see, it seems quite easy in today’s world to redo nature’s intent. Yes, the field of medical science has greatly advanced within the confines of the past two hundred years or so. Skills and procedures that have been learned during this time can be used in such powerful ways. Anyone can become practically anybody else they choose—just a clip here, slice there, take fat cells from here and add them to there, and voila…a new person. However, Mother Nature as been around for quite a bit longer, and she knows what she is doing—leave her alone! Messing with nature’s intent is dangerous and I wouldn’t go there.
Aylmer Chillingworth, a scientist in Hawthorne’s short story, “The Birthmark,” has married a young woman, a certain Georgianna, despite the fact she possesses a birthmark upon the center of her left facial cheek. Aylmer feels that he has ignored this “ugly marking” long enough and decides he can “make her better.” “ ‘Geogianna,’said he, ‘has it never occurred to you that the mark upon your cheek might be removed?’” Of course, Mrs. Chillingworth has grown up from child to woman with this birthmark and she feels nothing of it. “To tell you the truth, it has been so often called a charm…” However, Chillingworth is just being the scientist that he is, and thinks he can fix...
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