Russia’s president Vladimir Putin attended the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students held in Sochi from October 14th to 22nd.
Speaking to a group of young people at the end of the festival, Putin told spoke about the incredible possibilities of the future – but also the need to stay firmly based in traditional morality.
It was a rare call to not to forget the values that built civilization, while most of Western society seems determined to do all it can to destroy them.
[Do not forget] the moral component of our work – of any job.You spoke about biology and medicine here…Genetic engineering will undoubtedly open up incredible opportunities in pharmacology, new medicines. Altering the human genome if a person suffers from genetic diseases.
All right, that is good. But there is another part to this process. What does it mean? It means that humans acquire the ability to get into the genetic code which was created by nature – or as religious people say – by Our Lord. What practical consequences can this entail?
It means that…it is already possible to create an individual with the desired features. This may be a mathematical genius, this may be a talented musician; but this can also be a soldier, an individual who can fight without fear or compassion, mercy or pain…
What I have just said may be more terrifying than a nuclear bomb. When we do something, whatever we may be doing…we should never forget about the moral, ethical foundations of our work. Whatever we do should benefit people, make them stronger – not destroy them.