Johann Roduit, from the Centre for Medical Humanities at Zurich University, announced in a forum that we are witnessing “an individualisation of responsibilities and a decrease in solidarity between individuals”. He went on, that unfortunately, “the strength of humanity lies in its ability to cooperate”.
The Doctor of Law stressed that “the cult of the strong human” has reappeared in our societies but that person is now confronted by a force even stronger and more powerful, namely the “Super Human”. In fact, when confronted by the latter, the strong human being “becomes vulnerable, just like any one else”.
However, it should be borne in mind that this shared vulnerability, far from being a problem, can be viewed as an “ideal opportunity” to rethink society in terms of solidarity. The scientist went on to explain that: “The adage, ‘strength in numbers’ has never been more relevant than it is now when technology comes increasingly to the fore to offset our biological weaknesses”.
Accusing the technological enhancement of human beings of being an “on-going process”, the scientist assured us that an alternative to these technological improvements does actually exist: “Be aware of the fact that our mutual vulnerability could well lead us to rethink our need for mutual solidarity. We could use an awareness of our common vulnerability to unite us”.
John Rodent concluded: “Let’s embrace medical advances that help us reduce suffering and pain, and increase the duration and quality of our lives,” adding that, “our human vulnerability is not ready to be swept under the carpet by technology. It’s here to stay. And by standing together, together as one, we will continue to prosper”.
 Doctor of Law and Biomedical Ethics
Le Temps (Johann Roduit) 13/12/2016
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