Humans have endeavoured to know everything possible, from astronomical objects in deep space to the super micro properties of our genetic makeup, from the dynamics of physics to the biological wonders of creation. These quests for knowledge have always been noble and answers to the secrets of the universe readily applauded.
But how much is knowledge is too much? And how little is ignorance?
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” ~ Gen 2:16 – 17
From the above passage, you might be able to agree with me that we now have the knowledge of what is good and what is evil. But how has humanity faired with this knowledge? Better or worse?
*pause for contemplation*
We might never know the answer as without this knowledge, humanity might not be what we know of today. And the concept of “better or worse” might be ironic if we did not have the knowledge of good and evil.
I saw a program on BBC “How to build a human” and it gives a good report on the discoveries in Genetic studies. A point that sparked me was, if we were able to determine people with a genetic makeup of being violent and impulsive what then would we do? Would we lock up kids with these genes and put them away so that they will not become criminals in the future? Would we be doing society a favour? Would we be protecting these kids from themselves?
Where then does Hope come into play?
I don’t know where we are heading, but I’m sure these genetic technologies will flourish, as our curiosity would fuel its research and the undeniable benefits would champion for the cause.
Let the quest for knowledge continue and lets just watch how humanity would fair.