Editorial: Playing God

By Editorial Board
April 5, 2001

Do you dare imagine a clone of yourself? It sounds interesting enough to give it a few minutes of consideration.

For the benefit of organ transplanting or replacement of a deceased loved one, scientists are on the verge of taking the most prominent step in history. They will be able to make replications of already existent human beings, also known as cloning.

Wait a minute.

Less than 200 years ago humans were still living without electricity and had to go outside to use the bathroom. 100 years ago the primary method of transportation was your own legs or a horse-drawn carriage. Today, we find ourselves debating the ethical implications of copying human beings.

The second half of the last century saw technological advances that have shaped much of today’s society. But this technological advance is scary.

Is this world ready to accept responsibility for taking our identities and placing them on a copying machine? Will the human race really benefit from cloning, or will it turn out to be a disaster?

The cloning of the sheep “Dolly” took 276 tries before it was successful. What happened the other 275 times? Place a human being in that position. Is robbing identities and toying with the ultimate power of God human responsibility?

Humans cannot understand the implications of cloning. Humans cannot play the role of God. Adam and Eve fell from grace because they attempted to be God’s equal. If humans use the power that is God’s, we fall into the same roles that Adam and Eve played. History always repeats itself.

If a person is cloned who knows what scientists will try to do next. The sanctity of individuality will be robbed by scientific experimentation. Should there be that comfort that a person knows they can clone themselves if something in their life should go awry.

Cloning can help some individuals when it comes to medical problems but what are they sacrificing in the long run. Genetical engineering is another result of scientist trying too hard to control every aspect of life. What are parents supposed to say when their child asks them why no one likes them and why are they so ugly? The parent will have to tell their child that they are sorry they picked out the wrong nose. People are not toys and they are not projects. If this process keeps on going, lab rats will have roommates called lab humans.

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