Friday, June 10, 2005

The Friday Five

1. How do you feel about the technology advancements of cloning people and animals?

I am ethically against cloning. To clone one animal there are hundreds of failed attempts, which to me, reek of animal cruelty. As for cloning humans? How selfish have we become that we need to create man? Can we really not accept the crosses we are given to carry in life? Do we need to circumvent illness, suffering, happiness, birth and death? Mankind was created in the image of God and each life is a sacred result of the marriage covenant. It is not our place to create man outside the marriage covenant.

2. If this technology became readily available to all, how do you think this will affect the future of our race?

I would worry for our ability to accept the hardships of life. Cloning offers a false panacea - true learning comes from participating in the full range of the human experience.

3. If your much loved pet died and cloning was available, would you elect to have your pet cloned? What about family and friends?

Of course not! Those people are unique and their clones could never fill my memory or create the same experiences in my life - and for that matter, why would I want to try and recreate what was to be unique and special in the first place. Their passing opens the doors to new relationships with others!

4. Would your family have your consent to be cloned? Why or why not?

See above :)

5. If you had the authority to clone any person no longer alive, who would it be any why?

I wouldn't do it! There are greater spiritual issues at stake, such as that person's soul and their place in God's plan - it is not for us to create life - life is sacred, and not ours to create via cloning!

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Journal Jar Question of the Day: What did your grandfather's do for a living?  Did your grandmothers work?

A good question. I come from a railroad family - in fact, I am the first male of any generation to graduate from College and not spend time on the railroad working. I am the IV in my line on my Dad's side and his father worked for the city and the transportation department. On my mother's side, her father was a conductor on the Metro North line out of NYC. My mom's mother worked to raise seven kids on one pay-check. That's work enough, considering her husband was abusive! My Dad's mother had to work (she was the manager of a stockroom for a company in Danbury, CT) because her husband died when my father was seven. She worked up well into her sixties.