Tuesday, July 19, 2016

If Only Genetic Research Could Do This...

Earlier today I shared a link on my Facebook page to a news article about the plan for 500 elephants to be tranquilized and moved to a larger preserve. This massive effort will be going on this month, next month and again next year. It’s a lengthy and tedious project, as you can imagine, but certainly an important one.

Apparently, conservationists are doing this to protect the threatened African elephant population from poaching and human encroachment. According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are estimated to be only about 470,000 of these beautiful animals left in the wild, down from several million last century. This saddens me. Angers me. MaKEs. mE. CRazY. Why can't humans just stop behaving like assholes and start respecting the planet and all living beings on it?


Now here's a thought:

With all the genetic research going on, wouldn’t it be wonderful if the asshole gene could be located and deleted from humanity? And the greed gene. Yeah, that one, too. Along with a few others. Can you think of some that could be removed to make this a better world? I’m sure you can! Go ahead and share them...

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  1. You've opened Pandora's box here. Suggestions will be interesting.I would agree with Birdie.

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    1. I agree with her, too. I think if you got rid of that gene, the world would immediately be much better.

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  2. During RNC week, this is very relevant

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  3. The hate gene. Good to hear the elephants are getting helped.

    Betty

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    1. I'm glad that there are people in this world helping the vulnerable.

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  4. The mean gene. Would love to get rid of that one.

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  5. Holy crap! I'm nominating you for president! What a great idea.
    Rick

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  6. Really wish if it can happen, how wonderful the world Will be dear,love and peace everywhere I respect the idea

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  7. hahahaha ok I'm with you on this one. I wouldn't know where to start. Well, maybe I would. Most of the people in our government.

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    1. That's a tough question, Martha! I agree that humanity would be better off without asshole or greed genes. We've managed to climb out of the primordial slime over hundreds of millions of years, but we have to do some serious evolving as a species before we do ourselves in. It's people like those transporting the elephants to a safer place who give me hope. I would eliminate the gene that drives people to seek power at any cost. I do believe that humanity will bumble through to a better place, but it will not be easy or pretty. The living things we share our planet with have a right and a purpose to exist, and we can't forget that we are all bound together; when we harm other living things, we harm ourselves.

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    2. It's hard to be a perfectionist! LOL

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    3. Nicely said, Louise! And I totally agree with you. We have evolved but we still have a very long way to go. In the meantime, there are really good people doing great things. That gives me hope, too!

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  9. I love the above comment about the RNC! :)

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  10. I would like to see disease genes disappear.

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  11. There's a bar not far from here and it's filled with dead wild animals like this. The owner has lots of money and hires natives to drive him to these animals. That owner and other like him, make me sick.

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  12. I know that you and your commenters would all like to get rid of things that I would like to disappear too...

    But the quote actually makes me really uncomfortable. Because people have actually tired to remove things from the gene pool. Things like Jewishness, disabilities, homosexuality. And especially in the current political climate, this is not something I can find funny.

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  13. Sorry for my recent absence. I have been traveling but hope to catch up with your latest posts.

    I think the ability to remove the asshole gene would take care of a lot of other negative traits...selfishness, meanness, rudeness etc. That would be a glorious thing!

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    1. Cheryl, no need to apologize! We've had guests this week and I've fallen behind, too. So happy to see you had a chance to travel. I hope you had fun. Nice to see you here again and I'll be in touch soon!

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