Genetically screening our offspring to make them better people is just ‘responsible parenting’, claims an eminent Oxford academic.
There are a lot of diseases that can be cured with genetic screening. My grandma was a carrier for sickle-cell but luckily it wasn’t passed down to any of her descendants.
What if these “bad” genes actually have a purpose and we are fucking up our bodies’ balance of something we don’t understand yet?
Can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.
I have a problem with Gattaca because I just can’t see a real free-market business turning down someone because they weren’t born with 20/20 vision.
But Gattaca went beyond that. He had a “heart condition” (aka he had what is today considered a normal chance to have heart disease IIRC) and because the market was saturated with a young generation [for whom genetic therapy was the norm] genetically tailored for superior health and ability people like him had to be protected by law in order to still find employment. Gattaca shows us a society of subtle prejudice because we see his most gainful employment is as a janitor — after the montage of him going as far as his brain would take him (the space center’s astronaut tests), its his genetic inferiority which makes him an unsuitable candidate when countless others are available to take his spot.
Don’t forget, his parents were considered social outcast for conceiving a child ‘naturally’.
It doesn’t have to happen this way, but the movie certainly reflects attitudes which were (and still are) very real. Notice the movie has a 50s-60s futura aesthetic, that is definitely deliberate.