Eugenics is a social philosophy which advocates the improvement of human hereditary traits through various forms of intervention. The purported goals have variously been to create healthier, more intelligent people, save society's resources, and lessen human suffering. While these goals sound laudable, historically, eugenics has been used as a justification for coercive state-sponsored discrimination and human rights violations, such as forced sterilization of persons with genetic defects, the killing of the institutionalized, and, in some cases, genocide of races perceived as inferior.
Unification thought explains that while human lineage is of great significance in determining who people are as human beings, it is not one's race, intelligence, or health that determines one's value. Rather, it is whether one belongs to the lineage of God or not. The first human ancestors lost this lineage at the Fall of Man. Subsequent generations inherited selfishness and lost the ability to form true loving relationships with God and with each other. Eugenics was an attempt to trace the good characteristics of human beings through their lineage, but focused on physical attributes. These are of less importance that the eternal spiritual aspects of human life. Even worse, self-centered human beings took the ideas of eugenics and applied them to their own benefit, causing suffering of others. Thus, while eugenics as a theory may have been of value, and its goals were actually benevolent, it was abused.
Today, the fruits of eugenics have come to be of value again. They are now used in prenatal testing and screening, genetic counseling, birth control, in vitro fertilization, and genetic engineering. In these cases, however, the focus is on identifying genetic disorders that are either fatal or result in severe disabilities. While there is still controversy, some of this research and understanding can prove beneficial. Perhaps then, those who began with the high ideals of creating a better society through eugenics can feel their efforts bore some good fruit.