There Is No Gene for Fate

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It is unquestionable that all people deserve equal respect and appreciation for who they are. Any prejudice or discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability is not acceptable either.

Although this concept should be fundamentally rooted in our society, it is with regret to see that in some areas certain people still receive unfair treatment. Therefore, some movies and TV programs have been designed to raise people's awareness of the importance of accepting all people without prejudice.

One excellent example is a movie called ``Gattaca,'' which conveys the human capacity to do things with perseverance and will, even if one has physical disabilities.

On the surface, Gattaca portrays an imaginary future society in which people's physical traits are prenatally decided through gene manipulation. Our hero in the movie is Vincent Freeman, who was born without any manipulation on the doctors' part. Expected to die at the age of 31 from heart failure, Vincent has to go through a not-so-favorable life to realize his dream of being an astronaut.

The reality for the God's child is an underclass where people like Vincent find it hard to get much opportunity to realize their dreams. However, Vincent consoles himself with the fact that he once saved his younger brother, who has perfect genes in his body.

He believes that one can do anything once he sets his mind to it, regardless of his genes. Although Vincent takes exams and does interviews to become an astronaut, he fails, and then runs away from home.

In the end, he finds himself as a cleaner at the world's most renowned aerospace engineering company, Gattaca.

With his dream so near, Vincent decides to go into a dangerous gamble of life; he finds someone who sells fake gene credentials and gets himself hooked up with a dominant gene possessor, Jerome Morrow. From then on, Vincent deserts his identity and goes through a rigorous and painful process of becoming Jerome....
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