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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog

We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.

You liberals never give up do you? I've been tasked to write about Live 8 (Live8) since it's the hot new thing. Be sure to note how elegantly I am able to weave the Beginning of Life discussion into this.

Let me first say that as someone who hated the band Oasis from Day 1, I was utterly shocked to find myself agreeing with faux-rocking guitarist Noel Gallagher when he said:

"Correct me if I'm wrong, but are they hoping that one of these guys from the G8 is on a quick 15 minute break at Gleneagles (in Scotland) and sees ANNIE LENNOX singing SWEET DREAMS and thinks, 'F**k me, she might have a point there, you know?'

"KEANE doing SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW and some Japanese businessman going, 'Aw, look at him... we should really f**king drop that debt, you know.'

"It's not going to happen, is it?"

He's right you know. Is such a big event causing pens to be put to paper all over the world--sure. It's a great publicity stunt and I'm sure Bono is just tickled pink to be all over the press again. Oh, you liberals are so excited; you can barely contain yourselves. Blogs from all over are churning out how great this is and how people are going to see concerts they would go to see anyway.

My advice to all of you is: shut up. Talk is cheap. Awareness is fine but you, little emo kids/adults sitting around in your dingy one-room apartments thinking you personally are changing the world by "publishing" online need to just shut up and act. Donate money. Donate food. Go over there and help them. This concert is just another excuse for rich Westerners to feel good about themselves. It's a heck of a lot easier to complain about the problems (see 99% of all blogs) than to shut up and fix them. How sad is it that we even need to organize a concert to bring awareness to this? It's because people just talk and don't act. Stop thinking, "If only I can bring awareness to Subject X then others will act" and starting thinking "If only I can act on Subject X then it will inspire others to act".

Here goes my smooth transition. Help save the lives that are on this planet. Do we need to protect our maybe-babies? Sure. But we need to start saving the no-doubt-about-it-human-beings too. That means you. And me. Skip one meal at Chick-Fil-A and send it to relief efforts. Don't smoke one day. Don't buy the newest tighty-tight shirt at Express and buy some clothes at K-Mart to send. Stop talking and do something. Human lives are valuable and just because we do not see the daily misery of the lives on the other side of planet does not mean they do not exist nor deserve a life worth living.

To quote Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

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