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Science serving good. Jean-Marie Le Mené’s editorial

Published on 12/03/2014 in Bioethical

JMlemene

Man has had its day. Man has been around far too long. Man no longer exists. That is the message of post-transhumanism, which we hear more and more. It is important to know what to expect. Post-humanism considers that living beings keep evolving, that they changed from being animals to humans and that they are changing from being humans to being a post-humans thanks to nanotechnologies, to biology, to computer sciences and cognitive sciences. Of course, we are asked not to go against this inevitable evolution.

Post-humanism is not a form of humanism, it is the opposite of humanism. It takes its roots in evolutionism (the great chain of the living of which man is only an element, the same as the others), materialism (man is the sum of all its different parts) and liberalism, which leads to the eviction of the inferior beings and the promotion of the superior ones, in accord with the dogma of natural selection. Thus, post-humanism establishes a clear hierarchy between submen and supermen, the latter being “increased” men, either because they have been improved or because they were fabricated and then sorted.

You have understood that this ideology is already at work in our society, in particular through eugenics, which practice has become not only tolerated but also recommended. May it be within the framework of medically assisted procreation or outside of it, preimplatation or prenatal diagnosis followed by the elimination of the deviants has now become the norm. Opposing this new moral order –for example by showing the happy reality of life with Down Syndrome- is punished by the state, which is submissive to the new gene racists. Gestational surrogacy and euthanasia will soon come to complete the picture within a logic that seems unstoppable.
The object of my words is not discouragement but to claim there is a solution, the one Jérôme Lejeune prescribed: start using science and medicine at the service of the good of humanity by keeping to the intransigent ethics concerning the respect of life.

Thanks to you, this it is what we do with measurable efficiency. The Institute’s consultation ward welcomes those whose lives are the most threatened, and the Foundation fights against the cause of this threat. The Institute has acquired a strong medical reputation and one can even say that most of the families, in which a child is born with Down Syndrome, come to us. Likewise, by maintaining itself as the first funder for therapeutic research, the Foundation has found followers. Major laboratories are starting to show an interest other than for prenatal testing. Even the public authorities took part in funding a therapeutic research project concerning Down Syndrome.

You need to be aware that the battle is so tough that none of this would have been possible without the determination of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation over the last twenty years, but that it would no longer exist without the faithful, demanding, and generous support of its donators.

For years, apocalyptic books from prestigious authors have been piling up: the abolition of Man, the obsolescence of Man, the end of Man. Being prophets of doom, they are right, but they don’t come bearing only bad news. The vulgar temptation would be to get rid of them.

As an answer, there is, above all, Isaiah and the Nativity… Enduring mockery or general indifference but always joyfully, there is therefore no greater urgency for us, Humans, than to prepare the hay in the crèche of the Lord.

 Jean-Marie Le Méné,
President of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation
Twitter : @jmlemene

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