Mankind’s increasing tendency to blubber

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 08.22.23The blubber, says Dalrymple, is

particularly grotesque in the Anglo-Saxon world, but is spreading at an alarming rate elsewhere.

Obesity, he writes,

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 08.30.56is not straightforwardly a disease like any other, but rather (in most cases) the consequence of human weakness. I hold this view not only or even mainly because of the evidence in its favour, but because I am afraid that to hold the opposite view, that obesity is in principle no different from, say, Parkinson’s disease, is to turn mankind from subject to object.

We cannot

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 08.39.05become good, sensible, or temperate by purely technical means that require nothing of us as moral beings endowed with agency except compliance with treatment and obedience to technicians.

Appetite will not

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 08.41.33come under the control of geneticists, who will relieve us of the necessity to exercise self-control.

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