|Blogs||Articles||Organizations||Biography||Jack's Book||Contact Information||Links|
Navigation: SOS Sisson > Life Ethics Blog
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.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
A couple of lifetimes
Let's go back in time. The year isn't really important but we should do it anyway. Howabout...489 (literally a random smacking of keys). It doesn't matter 1894, 1722, 179 whatever. You're now standing in that year with all of your pre-modern pals eating whatever was palatable at the time and chit-chatting about technology. "Oh yes" you say, "we've got it all". We can import sugar from anywhere in the world/We can control the flow of rivers/We can live to ripe old age of 40/insert something modern-for-the-time-here. Now we're back in 2005. We look back and say, "Big deal. Sure you could import sugar but we can grow our own that costs less than a dollar a pound--we're sure not paying a year's salary for a bag. Sure, you can control rivers but we can do so much more than just divert them into our fields. Sure, you can live to 40 but we're averaging almost twice that long now! You're not advanced!
We are fortunate enough to live in an era where the growth of technology is doubling every two years. If I want to talk to a friend in Manila I can get online, connect to a VoIP and bam--Imelda Marcos' shoes in no time. But like every other generation in the history of the world we're dillusional. We think we're going to see all of these remarkable things with stem cells in our lifetimes when that's not going to happen. And who knows what developments might arise within the next two generations that will be make it more/less controversial then? The point is that this is an inevitable course of action and we can either embrace it or deny it and possibly push it back another 20 years. No matter what it's not going to affect our treatments but think of your grandchildren. Or your cloned grand-children-puppies.
Roe v. Wade
Stem Cell Fight!
Bush the hypocrite
June 2005 July 2005 August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 December 2005 March 2006 April 2006 May 2006 July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 March 2009 November 2009 April 2010 October 2010 April 2011 May 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013