As socialized people — are we required by the laws of man and by our covenant with the Gods — to kill our children in order to prove we are willing to preserve the greater good?
Isn’t the greatest sacrifice we can offer to others and to ourselves that which is most precious to us?
There will always the insane that seek revenge in the blood of innocents — but what if your child had a severe infection that would kill the entire community and the only way to heal the city and clean the earth was to cleave your child’s head from the body?
We offer them to drug lords for monetizing.
We offer them to predators for sexual satisfaction.
We offer our children to ignorance and truculence — and their ultimate slaughter — by limiting their minds to predestiny dogma and by instilling in them irrational fears of ethereal forces.
Even if those children aren’t your children – they are still your congenital, community, offspring.
So the only possible answer to the question, “Will you kill your children to save the rest of us?” is, “Of course, I will kill my children, because I am a loving member of the state and my child is not above the best interests of the society that sustains me.”
Is that vow we are required to make to each other somewhat dimmed with the bright news of cloned children? “Yes, I’ll kill this kid and have a duplicate made.”
Have science and technology — once again — trumped the will of the ultimate human gesture by dulling the dangerous wager we are required to seal with each other that no one is above the wants of the community whole?