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Monday, December 3, 2012

Artificial Wombs are Coming

One of the most chilling books ever written, in my opinion, is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It has become even more chilling as its grim view of the future has moved from imagination into reality. In the brave new world, the two purposes of God's gift of sexuality are torn apart. Women never give birth, that happens in baby factories. The sex act is for pleasure alone and promiscuity, even orgies, are common. The culture offers entertainment with drugs (Soma) and virtual reality movies where the viewer experiences everything on the screen (feelies). Thinking about it reminds me of Sartre's novel Nauseau where living things all descend to one pulsing, unformed, nauseating blob

How far away is the brave new world? It's here. We are closer than ever to babies created in labs by scientists and raised in machines with no human interaction at all.

I used to look forward to the invention of artificial wombs. Babies growing in the falopian tubes could be saved. Tiny miscarried little ones would have a fighting chance. But many immoral uses will this technology serve? It is more likely to further reduce life to the business of Dr. Frankenstein with his petrie dishes and test tubes helping "gays" have babies, perhaps cloned in the image of their parents. I feel nauseated to think of it.

Sometimes I think I've lived to long. My husband and I used to talk about the changes our grandparents  lived through - from the horse and buggy to the jet age. But they missed some of the worst realities. And now I think it is we who have seen the biggest changes from a time that revered the nuclear family to an age of almost unimaginable perversion.

Come, Lord Jesus.


Felix Lee said...

I share your sentiment. Theoretically, these artificial wombs would help save lives of babies in danger in dying, but the possible abuses of these wombs would be unthinkable. Creepy thought, it is.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

If only all men served their maker instead of listening to the temptation of the evil one to make themselves "like unto God".