The Blade Runner

By Samantha Schultz and Kate Mills

The underlying moral question of the movie could be what makes us human? How does the move pose this question? Is this question still relevant today? How so? Give some examples?

Los Angeles 2019, is portrayed as a dark and depressing metropolis, filled with urban decay. Richard Deckard is set to find and kill these so called “replicants” which are a group of four who are trying to take over society. These replicants are humans who have been manually created to have no emotion or feelings. The movie setting goes along with the underlying question of the movie “what makes us human.” Since the replicants have no emotion and the rainy mood sets a tone that in the futuristic world many people are just going to live through the aspects of technology and not appreciate the actual world around them. Instead of being naturally born someone is creating that perfect life for you without any hardships or fear. Not having to worry about anything seems like the perfect life, but is one actually living if they have their life destined from the start.

What makes us human? The definition of a human is a representative of or susceptible to the sympathies and frailties of human nature. To be a person in today’s world is to have compassion and emotion. The “ fake people” in the movie didn’t know where they came from or have any feeling towards people. The main character of the movie Rick Deckard was able to pin out these “replications” when he asked them a series of questions, and if they had no emotion, then they were a “replicant.” Their whole testing system is to try and tell who is human and who is being created. 

This is something that is very relevant today. People today can create their children to make sure that they get the traits they want. A scientist named Luhan Yang a Harvard recruit from Beijing is trying to develop a powerful new technology for editing DNA called CRISPR- Cas9 “By editing the DNA of these cells or the embryo itself, it could be possible to correct disease genes and pass those genetic fixes on to future generations. Such a technology could be used to rid families of scourges like cystic fibrosis.” This is just like what they did in the movie, creating people to become the perfect human.

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