Our job is to welcome patients who come for a consultation and to whom we offer the advantage of a half a century’s worth of clinical experience and scientific research aiming at curing them. It is all carried out in line with what Jérôme Lejeune used to do.
This task, which consists of looking into pathologies that are all the less fashionable as they can be detected before birth, does not arouse much interest. Yet, soon, the evolution of the way people think, the performance of technoscience, the greed of laboratories and the cowardice of governments, will display under each mother’s eyes the genome of the child they are carrying and ask them to decide: life or death. They will be asked to do things which, by definition, are inhumane. And when these choices seem too difficult, medicine will do it for them. As Professor Jacques Milliez wrote, society will choose for them, leading towards the elimination of imperfection, obeying to what he himself qualifies without being shocked as “the established order”.
The Foundation does not have the shoulders to fight against this wave called transhumanism, this technological utopianism, fed by eugenics and financial interests, which replaces natural selection by artificial selection. The only thing we can do is work against the tide. The Foundation’s scientific and medical activity is one of these countercurrent activities. They are “a work of civilisation”. Our future depends on the promotion of a medicine that cares for, not a medicine that selects and eliminates. The only guarantee we have is the generosity of our donators. Thanks to them we are not alone. May they for ever be thanked!
But what is most demanding for the Foundation, as for others like us, is to pull away from the general torpor, in which the guiding way of thinking isolates us. Not only do we have to fight for disabled children, for human embryos and the dying patients, we also have to explain ourselves in a world where an error is called the truth, where evil is called good and death is called life. Our societies have changed deeply. Words no longer have the same meaning. What seems obvious to us is no longer believed by the younger generations or even by many people from our generation. The humility of judges has given way to the changing public opinion.
A new order has settled in, in which contempt for mankind is not produced by an authoritative State but by a seductive market. The task, fascinating but huge, consists in repairing the foundations of the reason and the heart so that mankind regains the consciousness of its irretrievable value.
In this new term, I am thinking of something Bernarnos said in 1947 in “La liberté pour quoi faire?” (Freedom what for?), and that came out as a premonition: “All technical power in the universe is destined to pass, one day or another, into the hands of the strongest and best equipped economical organization. The civilisation, totalitarian and prisonlike, will have shut in on you. You need to hurry in order to save mankind, because tomorrow it will no longer be possible for the simple reason that mankind will no longer want to be saved.”
Jean-Marie Le Méné’s editorial,
President of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation-Twitter: @jmlemene