We like to think about how much more civilized and enlightened we’ve become. We look at people of the past and wonder how they could have been so uncaring, cold and brutal.
For example, consider how we treated people with Down Syndrome (and other mental disabilities). In ancient Greece, babies with such disabilities were literally left to die after being born. In more recent times, prior to the 1970′s, it was very common practice to simply institutionalize people with Down Syndrome. We shipped them off to some colony or institution, excluding them from society, so we could go on with our lives – unburdened.
It’s very different now, of course. We’re much more caring and selfless. With all of our fancy, amazing technological advancements, now we just kill them before they can make it out of the womb.
Did you know that 90% of unborn babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted? Ninety percent. 90 out of 100 sweet, little, innocent babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are not even given a chance! And solely because they likely have Down Syndrome (the testing isn’t even 100% certain). And we think that unjust discrimination is better than in the past? It’s actually much worse. As is our selfishness and brutality. We’ve just found ways to do it more quietly and without becoming as emotionally attached. Yes – the mark of a truly enlightened, progressive civilization.