lambfarm at sover.net
Fri Dec 8 08:59:46 EST 2000
Wait a minute here folks! There's a theological thing going on here which needs clarification: humankind isn't so horribly depraved and horribly stupid and horribly self-serving that everything it touches turns to useless stuff. I think we need a little balance here. There is room in the world for improved Jacobs, which are chosen and selected for meat. There is room in the world for JacobAmerican (or whatever you want to call it) and it ought to be preserved--not as the be all and end all, but as one among many. Humankind has done a lot of good things in the world--to wit, we are sitting at computers, which nature didn't make. (Actually nature did make; humankind is part of nature!) When humankind uses it's god-given (nature-given, whatever) intellect and reason to produce improvements, that is being who they are, and not to be poo-pooed! It is when humankind becomes so totally single-minded that we don't allow for ANYTHING to exist without our input and domination, and we squander and destroy other forms of creation that we mess up. BALANCE! WIthout our brains and creativity, there would be no penicillin (or at least not the use of it to cure infections), no central heating, no surgery, no chemo, no lots of things. There is nothing inherently WRONG with an improved jacob, so long as we preserve the primitive Jacob as well, or don't intentionally destroy any species. Our lives are improved by diversity, and the more diversity we destroy, the worse off the world, far as I can see. It is wonderful to see these JacobAmericans with their ability to reason and defend themselves and mother far beyond the improved ones. And it is wonderful to feed starving people, which takes better use of thrifty, meat producing animals... or grain, etc. There ought to be a balance between conserving the old and creating the new. Both have value. Both have beauty. Both/and is a much more fruitful philosophy of life than either/or. Comments?
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