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A cautionary tale
9 December 2015
Flowers for Algernon is a cautionary tale about scientific experiments. It warns us of the dangers of proceeding with things without thorough and ongoing tests and trials.
Before we release any advancements to society we must safeguard against side effects or the results can be disastrous. Think about thalidomide! Think about the distress that Charlie felt, as he reverted from being a genius, to becoming the imbecile, that he once was. How frustrating it must have been for him.
We must also consider the other lesson from this book. That of, the grass not always being greener. Sometimes it is better to stay true to ourselves. That there is not always a quick fix. That there is not always a magic wand. Self improvement is almost always hard work.
Finally, we must always accept others for what they are and who the are. Try not to be too judgmental.