I’d be sad, but I wouldn’t be a murderer.
That anon basically described what happened to my parents.
My big sister was born with just enough brain matter for her body to function on the most basic levels. She was born deaf, blind, and screamed 18 hours a day almost every single day for the first 1 & 1/2 - 2 years of her life.
The doctors kept telling my parents my sister would die; in a day, a week, a month, a year.
She lived to be almost 17 years old. By ten years old she had 20/20 vision, she could hear perfectly by the time she was 4, she stopped screaming suddenly one day when my dad cried so hard his tears pelted her face. It was the first time she smiled; when she felt his tears for his first born daughter.
My sister never walked, but we loved her with every fiber of our being. If my sister never existed, I wouldn’t be who I am today. My sister made hundreds of people fall in love with her, and God knows how many lives she turned around because she was so loving to every person she met.
There were so many people at her funeral it was standing room only. Our funeral procession stretched as far as I could see.
My parents dealt very well with the loss of their daughter after several years. To this day, through myself and my dad’s book, my sister is still touching lives with her boundless love; and we always think of her with a smile on our face because we miss her so much.
So anon, what is your point?
in stories featuring aliens, they’re always like “on my planet this never happens!” or “in my culture, this differs from your human culture.” and that’s neat and all because i like worldbuilding and all that jazz but wouldn’t it be fun if they just. couldn’t do that?
i want a story where humans encounter an alien who frustrates them because they don’t know enough to tell them anything concrete
like humans will ask “tell us about politics in your planet!” and the alien’s all “uh… hold on it’s been a while since i took gov. um….”
"what sorts of plants grow on your planet?"
"i dunno i grew up in the suburbs. they’re like… purple? idk what you want me to say"
"tell us about the culture on your planet!"
"do you have any idea how many fucking countries are back home, i don’t even know where to begin"
"your planet is obviously much more scientifically and technologically advanced than ours. is it possible for you to enlighten us on certain matters concerning space travel, or would that be a form of interference you must avoid?"
"naw it’s cool, it’s just that, um, i’m a philosophy major"
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Just because someone is born with a disability doesn’t mean their life isn’t worth living. That’s about the dumbest reason to kill someone.
Please look at the context of this comment- Do you know anything ABOUT the condition I carry the gene for, Tay Sachs, or are you just making a moral call without knowing the facts?
I read what you said about it, and it does not justify you killing a newborn or any child at ANY stage in life just because of what you assume will happen. When I was born the doctors said I only had a 20% of survival, and even if I did manage to live then I would be unable to walk, talk, or do anything. I would have lived my life as a vegetable but my mom didn’t give up on me. Every Sunday the church would pray for me and eventually at four months old I was finally released from the hospital. Yes, I was in pain during my first year of life and had occasional therapy sessions to help me with my motor skills but other than not having vision in one of my eyes I am perfectly normal and I love my life.
My point is that just because something is genetic, or you think your child will live a horrible life, does not give anybody the right to kill them, because they can end up surprising you.
-Born with an actual life threatening disease that disabled many parts of a “normal” life and my life is absolutely brilliant. My children who also have the disease are pretty happy to be alive as well. Maybe if we could stop treating the disabled, poor, and unwanted like a broken horse needing a bullet that would be fantastic. People who are born into “less than perfect situations” don’t suffer more, we’re made stronger.
Please stop using us as a tool to fight for the “right” to kill a fellow human being.
Tay Sachs isn’t life threatening. It is fatal.
Tay Sachs doesn’t mean you get to survive to have children. You die by 6, usually earlier.
Tay Sachs doesn’t have moments of reprieve where you can laugh with your child. They are blind, deaf, paralyzed and any touch is extremely painful to them.
This isn’t a disability. This is a degenerative disease that will show up around 3-6 months and kill by the time the child is 4-6 years old. This is not just a death sentence, but a sentence to a long, painful and lonely death. This is a child who will never know it is loved.
This disease is detectable before birth with definitive genetic markers. The test has several levels- looking at the parents’ genetics (if both are carriers), looking at the fetus’ genetics and looking at the fetus’ physiology. This isn’t a “oh, your baby has a 20% chance of Tay Sachs”. This is a positive or negative.
Actually the onset of Tay Sachs you’re speaking of is classic or Infantile. Individuals with Infantile Tay Sachs experience symptoms at about 2-10 months of age, and live until age 4 or 5. Next there is Juvenile Tay Sachs, individuals with this don’t experience symptoms until between age 2-10, they usually live until about age 15. Last, is Late Onset Tay Sachs. Individuals with this onset do not experience symptoms until late adolescent years to mid thirties. They do not experience sever symptoms, often no blindness or deafness, and have lived full lives.
All three onsets are from the same gene, and there would be no way to tell which onset the individual experiences until they start experiencing symptoms.
I don’t believe in shooting the suffering. We are humans, not horses.
I’ve never met a parent who’s child suffered from a fatal disease and died at under one years of age to say, “Boy I wish I would have aborted my child so they suffered less.”
Worth posting again.
That’s exactly what it is. But it’s healthy and nutritious and delicious.
And eating chicken eggs is eating chicken periods. But eggs are full of protein, nourishment and tasty goodness.
So you can try and make it sound as gross as you like, but that doesn’t change how delicious it actually is.
Drinking cow milk is such a cool thing. Apparently the human body wasn’t originally set up to drink the milk of other species. However, there’s a theory that waaaaay back when, a genetic mutation popped up that enabled people to digest it. This mutation was dominant and so helpful to increasing a child’s survival rate that it basically spread throughout the entire human race.That’s cool.
Also, cows (like humans actually) experience pain and usually get infected with mastitis if the milk isn’t removed one way or another on a regular basis. Most cows produce too much milk for their calves (partially because humans have selectively bred for high milk output) so it’s actually an act of kindness to be milking them.
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