Element of "surprise"

While many have had other things on their minds such as the presidential race and, god forbid, the Oscars, people like Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have been deciding what sex their baby will be.Many people, especially in this situation, have taken the religious viewpoint. Choosing something like that is delving into God’s territory. We have no right to meddle in the affairs of some kind of Creator. I’m not saying this is bad, it’s an opinion. Others say they have no reason to pick the gender, why should it matter? All that matters is that a healthy child is born. Teigen and Legend aren’t choosing to have one specific gender (it’s a girl by the way) because of any religious or philosophical idea. They just wanted a baby girl. I’m in the camp that feels it’s something humanity shouldn’t mess with, though not for the religious reason. I would argue it reveals a fact of humanity: we don’t like surprises. We don’t want to leave things up to chance. The world is so concerned with making things more efficient and safe, so nothing will be a surprise. Humanity is in control of all of the outcomes, at least that’s what we want to believe. I say, leave a bit to chance. One of my favorite “How I Met Your Mother” episodes is where Marshall is terrified of having a baby girl because he’s afraid of the consequences (apparently she’ll marry a botoxed version of Barney and become a stripper, you know, every father’s nightmare). Lily is horrified at the idea of having a son. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Just leave it up to chance and realize that this shit is out of your control. No matter how much we try to deter surprises, they will probably happen. If Teigen and Legend want to choose the sex of their baby, good for them, but genetically changing parts of humans is a tricky subject. What makes a human a human is the fact that we are born, we have higher intelligence, and a plethora of other things. And these are all determined by chance. Some people have horrible hair, but can kick your ass at math. Others write like Shakespeare, but can’t kick a soccer ball. When humanity starts messing with what makes us, well, us, it becomes more of the realm of science fiction. What starts with choosing the sex of a child could possibly escalate to changing features like intelligence and mental faculties. Humanity doesn’t stop when it comes to control, it’s either go big or go home, and we don’t go home often. So Teigen and Legend, thanks for letting us know that you want a baby girl, but really this should have just been left up to chance. Roll the dice, you might’ve gotten a girl anyway, it’s 50-50.