Note #1. If you have never seen the 2005 film Doom, please watch the video linked below to better comprehend the context of this post.
Samantha Grimm: [narrating] “In the year 2026 archaeologists working in the Nevada desert discovered a portal to an ancient city on Mars. They call this portal the Ark. Twenty years later, we’re still struggling to understand why it was built and what happened to the civilization that built it.”
Crazily enough, sometimes I wish the artificial 24th chromosome from the 2005 film Doom was real. In the film, chromosome 24 makes you impervious to any and all cancers, diseases, viruses, etc.
Samantha Grimm: “Does it ever bother you, you could’ve spent your life looking in a microscope instead of a sniper scope?”
John Grimm: “If they were so smart, how come they’re so dead?”
Samantha Grimm: “We don’t know. Maybe they just went with time.”
[John looks at the position of the skeletons]
John Grimm: “You don’t shield a baby from time.”
Not only is an individual immune with C24, they become “superhuman” and heal fifty times faster than a normal person, gain increased strength, and better reflexes. With this chromosome and its regenerative abilities, we would no longer start to die starting at the age of twenty five. The reason being is our cells would continue to replicate properly and more than likely allow us to live for hundreds, possibly even thousands of years. With that being said, there is a major downside. If you have the genetic markers for violence and insanity, and you are geared towards doing evil — meaning you choose to do harm towards others purposely (as in not for self-defense), then you will become a monster that infects others and be able to wipe out all life in the entire universe — unless you are killed before the infection spreads further. However, this condition and major risk to humanity is technically a good thing. The chromosome chooses who is better suited for obtaining the abilities that come with the extra chromosome. This allows the “right” people who choose to do good receive it and use it for goodwill. Even the monsters can choose who to infect which is those who will serve as teammates to them.
My argument in favor of C24 is one simple question: “What is the use of one lifetime in our current state?” There is only a handful of things an individual can accomplish but it is not enough to continually make an impact to the majority of the population for centuries. Our species as a whole would become so much more. But at this point in time, C24 wouldn’t work without a fight because of the system in place and the arrogant asses in charge. We’d be lab rats living in even further oppressed conditions. On the contrary, for those who choose to fight, have the extra chromosome injected directly from the source, and have it work the way it was meant to, then an uprising would ensue and change our lives for the better.
Change. A big word for being composed of only six letters.
You never know what could happen. I just hope that by the 23rd century or sooner, we accomplish what Star Trek’s true purpose is.
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life-forms and new civilizations; to boldly go where no one has gone before.”