I just wanted to discuss the significance of Crake's decisions on how to modify humanity. It seems to me that, while his modifications were aimed at eliminating strife, the main result of his modifications were that he eliminated the part of humanity which causes strife, the main things he did was to eliminate the human capacity for progress. This emerges in his discussion with Jimmy about sex. Jimmy argues that by eliminating sexual frustration, he is eliminating art. I think this actually applies to nearly all human endeavors, including government, science, commerce, etc. Crake even confirms this indirectly by saying something like, wouldn't you always rather be fucking? He ultimately implies that if there wasn't a sexual urge to make yourself more attractive, you wouldn't do it, and art, and by extension all other human endeavors I mentioned, wouldn't be made. By limiting this capacity of humanity, it seems that he is dooming humanity to the same fate as the rest of the animals.
By greenhedge - Posted on 3 May 2008 - 3:50pm.