After Dinner Conversation

Volume 4, Issue 8, August 2023

Jared Cappel
Pages 60-74

The Human Experience

Is it moral to take on debts for the benefit of your unborn child that will carry over to your unborn child after you are dead? What if taking on those debts is the best way to ensure your child has the best chance for a successful life? In this work of philosophical short story fiction, a couple looking to have their first child goes to the medical clinic to discuss the cost of DNA selection packages for their yet-to-be-conceived child. How much do they want to fix the genetic lottery to help their child be smart, athletic, or driven? They have the budget to make minor improvements, but if they are willing to take out a loan, they can do more. The problem is the unpaid debt carries to their unborn child if they die before it is paid in full. In the end, through the high-pressure used-car-salesmanship of the company, they decide to leverage their child’s future and order the “Platinum” package.