A vida coloca-se à frente da Vida.
É que essa é a função mais natural, para os seres vivos perfeitos — os não mutilados, nem de geração espontânea —, produzir um outro da mesma qualidade da sua: o animal, um animal; a planta, uma planta. Isto para que possam participar do eterno e do divino do modo que for possível; todas as coisas aspiram a isso, e tudo quanto fazem de acordo com a natureza, fazem tendo em vista isso.
Aristóteles, Sobre a Alma, tr. Ana Maria Lóio, Lisboa, Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda, 2010, 415a, 25 a 415b
«What we should take seriously is the idea that the next stage of history will include not only technological and organisational transformation, but also fundamental transformations in human consciousness and identity. And these could be transformations so fundamental that they will call the very term ‘human’ into question. (…)
If the curtain is indeed about to drop on the Sapiens history, we members of one of its final generations should devote some time to answering one last question: what do we want to become? This question, sometimes known as the Human Enhancement question, dwarfs the debates that currently preoccupy politicians, philosophers, scholars and ordinary people. (…)And yet the great debates of history are important because at least the first generation of these gods would be shaped by the cultural ideas of their human designers.»
«The only thing we can try to do is influence the direction scientists are taking. But since we might soon be able to engineer our desires too, the real question facing us is not ‘What do we want to become?’, but ‘What do we want to want?’ Those who are not spooked by this question probably haven't given it enough thought.»
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens, A brief history of humankind, tr. autor, coadjuvado por John Purcell e Haim Watzman, Vintage Books, 2014 (p. 463 e p. 464)