Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wald's discussion of Octavia Butler's works were very interesting to me because it brought into conflict the theory of evolution, which is a key symbol of modern post-Enlightenment securlarism in society, with another concept associated with secular modern liberalism, the ever elusive 'human rights.'

The strange narrative authority the alien beings exercise on the human race in the name of the 'greater good' certainly seems like an excellent argument against the 'biolization" of human life; however, whats a stake when we remove biology as a fundamental marker of human(s) as both subject and mass. Have we reached full circle in that we should refocus on individual rights as opposed to those of the group? Or has this play between two polar concepts in defining 'human rights' served to undermine the superstructure which each concept (of individual, group, life) is based on?

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