Originally Posted by globetrotter
sex is a huge part of the pursuit of happiness.
however, the "pursuit of happiness" is a construct.
on a much more relevant level, human beings are conglomerates of DNA, the only known molecule with data-storage and self-replication. DNA exists to create more DNA.
since animals (humans included) are simply advanced forms of DNA-based life, we exist for one reason only, and that is Procreation
, the perpetuation of species. all this other shit - economics, government, drugs, rock'n'roll - all that is secondary to the big P.
evolution is an extension of this - it happens when mutations permeate the hereditary line to the point where they become the norm. that is, if
they become the norm. some mutations are undesirable because they lessen
the species' ability to reproduce. some would argue that downs, and the myriad other forms of mental retardation, are among these mutations.
those same anonymous "some" would also argue that this has very little to do with "the pursuit of happiness," and everything to do with natural selection, not fucking up the gene pool, et al.
i don't hold that opinion, but i dunno if we're smart enough to discount it. i dunno if we're smarter than nature.
i have love for all humans. so as you say, "what ever can be done to allow them access to this part of life should be." genetic consequences be damned