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A very interesting side-discussion has developed in the comments over at rachel_swirsky's journal on a post she wrote about some eugenic-a-like stuff that Sheri Tepper once wrote. Would you take a miracle cure / surgery that would cure you of your chronic conditions (ADD, bipolar, asperger's/autism, etc.) even if it might mean totally wiping your personality and starting again?

That which deranges the senses - Deconstructing Sheri Tepper's 2008 Interview with Strange Horizons (this links to the start of that particular comment thread but you can also read the article about Sheri Tepper there).

If you had asked me ten years ago, I would have jumped at the chance to live a "normal" life. Now, however, having done all the work that I have to come to terms with who I am, what I can do and how I do it best, I would find it a very difficult decision. This is who I am, warts and all. If I could have a version of the 'treatment' that would remove or lessen some of the difficult stuff (e.g. my sensitivity to temperature extremes) and leave the creativity and so on then I would consider it.

What do you think? Would you take the cure if it might mean that you were now a totally different person(ality)?


Apr. 21st, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
I agree with haddayr and I think that she was speaking for herself, as my post asked people to; What do you think? Would you take the cure if it might mean that you were now a totally different person(ality)?

It would indeed be the suicide of who I am. Prozac did that to me - stopped me feeling at all, happy or sad. I was functioning but totally numb. At least with an oral medication I could change until I found one that worked for me. Brain surgery, for example, would be much more permanent (and makes me remember things I have watched and read about the lobotomies performed in the past to make people fit better with society).


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