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Kathy ends her story describing getting into her car and driving to “wherever it was I was supposed to be.” Her entire life from the lab forward has been strictly ordered. She has always known where she was going. The understated tragedy of Never Let Me Go is drawn from this suffocation of uncertainty. Ishiguro is not worried, like Fukuyama, that biotechnology will change everything. Rather, he points out, our fear that it will change everything might justify imposing disproportionate restrictions and eroding fundamental freedoms for those deemed posthuman. Never Let Me Go is not a cautionary tale about new technology, but about what we tend to do in the face of it. It recalls with quiet force the maxim of the environmentalist-cartoonist Walt Kelly, “Yep son, we have met the enemy, and he is us.