I've been thinking about the topic of disability in Eclipse Phase, and so was wondering what thoughts y'all might bring to the table. As a totally blind player, I have a vested interest in this, though for the record I don't usually like to play blind characters just as a personal preference. :)
I'm going to presume that outside of the Jovian Republic, disability is rare to non-existent. A combination of gene cleaning and really rather amazing medical tech has probably rendered most congenital disabilities meaningless, if they're allowed to occur at all. The exceptions I can think of are perhaps flats with religious objections, or communities a la "The Country of the Blind." The latter would probably be Brinkers of one stripe or another.
With all that said, how can we allow for disabled characters to have representation in EP? I can see a particularly twisted sort of amusement for the rich and famous, in which living in a deliberately "sub-optimal," morph is done more or less for fun. As a disabled person I find this kind of repugnant, but if people fetishize disability in our current world, why should the future be different?
I've mostly focused on blindness because it's a disability I know well. I'm ambivalent, at best, to the prospect of a "cure." I realize this is quite possibly a contentious topic, but am really curious to see what, if anything, we can make of it.
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