Wednesday’s Words of WisdomWednesday, 30 April, 2008
Today’s Words are in Latin, truly the wisest-sounding language of them all. These words are attributed to the the Roman philosopher Seneca (the Younger)
“Nemo liber est qui corpori servit” (No one is free who is a slave to his body)
Although it is likely Seneca was using these words to admonish those hedonists who let their bodily urges control them, these words are nonetheless a strong statement for bodily autonomy/morphological freedom.
Our rights to freedom and autonomy should extend to our own bodies and DNA. If a person wants to go for a run, we let them because they have the right to freely do that. So, if a person wants to have cyborg legs in order to allow them to run faster or wants to insert a few genes into their muscles so that they can run faster, they should be allowed to do that too.
It’s my body, my brain and my genome. To forbid me from changing those characteristics is violating my right to liberty.