The Ethics of the Commodification of the Human Life
Among the Rich
Name: Jessica Han
Student #: 090485290
TA: Bina Mehta
Tutorial #: GS101 – 3
Date: November 24, 2012
Word Count: 1950
The fundamental purpose to life is for procreation of new life. The emerging technologies are accessible to families that are able to afford to create child to their request. The fertility industry contributes a world full of problems. Children have become a new industrial line of commodities in which the wealthy consumer, who yearns for the product is able to choose their own characteristics desired to fit into a small designer child package. Technology has allowed children to be moulded by their genotypes and phenotypes, setting high standards for their future guardians who have invested a hefty amount of money and requests toward that individual prior to their delivery into the world. Capitalistic views run society and create an environment where we turn our ethics into the developing technology rather than integrating technology with our ethical standards (Somerville 74). Individuals have a time limit in which they are able to effectively produce healthy children. It has been argued that society has turned to the fertility industry because we are threatened to choose life for another potential human being or to live without procreating (Norman 2006). This decision places individuals within a difficult position to choose between their own natural instincts for procreation or to be stripped away the natural purpose of life. These decisions should not be debatable; society has been naturally endowed with the ability to procreate prior to the technology available, not to be traded in monetary funds. Margaret Somerville and other academics have argued with new technological advancements that we have lost the meaning of life toward the individual’s selfish wishes to be solved by science, in which boils down to financial determinism to choose our children rather than faith.
Science has become the saviour in the eyes of the wealth society. Society has it implanted in their mind that with our human ingenuity, any problem that may arise can be solved. However, science has threatened the prototypical standard of life. The short term benefits are clear to patch the discomforts of our lives, yet the gradual costs that society incurs, science has created irreversible problems. It has been relevant and rational to view science when our meaning of life is threatened (Blackford 2006). When families feel they are no able to contribute through procreation, the relevance and rationality diverts families to urgently seek for an immediate solution. One of the problems that arise is that science has changes the roles in society by breaking off ties that are involved in the process of procreation, and creates new ties with science that shift beyond necessity and become a larger threat to the fundamental relationships that have been delicately framed by natural procreation. The access that has become available through science has our most natural process of procreation questioned ethically as society shifts into the commodification of human life. This essay will explore the ethical motives, social interactions, family culture and economic aspects in which Margaret Somerville has argued as ethically immoral through her studies with the support of other academic scholars.
Ethics are questioned when science is only affordable to the wealthy to create children according to a catalogue of possibilities. The common ground among society is the certainty of birth and death to occur. However, the wealthy uses the methods available through technology to interpret the common ground and to tamper with science to ensure that the limit in fulfilling their meaning of life is reached. Society shares basic fundamental ethics in the form of laws. Such as the act of killing a human being is unacceptable universally, however it...