In the short story, “Misprint,” by Vanda N. McIntyre, the narrator wants a new cat. Instead of going to a pet shop to pick a cat out, she goes to a store where they print out a cat for her. All she needed was her original cat print. At this place, Opshun, he was given many alternative things he could do with his cat. For example, he had the ability to have his new cat come out already grown and neutered. Opshun also gave many other choices. It took a week for the cells of the cat to grow in the printer and then Flufiii was born. The narrator expected to have a regular cat, but was startled on the way home. Fluffy began to cry and speak. He went on to say he never spoke to him and he asked him questions like when dinner was. He decided to take him back. The clerk at the store disregarded the fact that the cat was talking. She just offered her a new one and said that the talking option came as a standard because it was very popular. The clerk made it clear that no one else would want Fluffy. The narrator felt bad and decided to take Fluffy home if he didn’t speak.
The option of upgrades often make life easier, however, there are also always consequences. Upgrading too much takes away from what you initially started with. For example, the narrator simply wanted a cat that had been neutered and already grown. The store got carried away and added the talking part as a standard. A talking cat- is that even really a cat anymore? It might as well be human. Fluffy lost his animal qualities when Opshun began to give way too many options. The idea of 3D printing is honestly quite fascinating to me, but when would that go too far? It is a scary thought to imagine that simply with a cat’s print you can have a full grown cat. The options of doing that with humans are endless. The problem with human nature is that we are never satisfied. Even when we find the most efficient way to do something, we are always looking for easier and more simpler ways. That strays us from the original point. Humans would constantly try to change themselves. At one point, they wouldn’t even be the same anymore. The sad thing is that in this day and age, people would willingly sacrifice themselves to produce a “better” version of themselves. Flaws and problems are a part of the natural world. A perfect world simply does not exist.
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