Human Cloning - Is it Right?
This was an essay I did for a website dedicated to "helping people with their writer's block", although we all know they're just the 30% of the population who are too lazy to write their own papers. I removed the citations and was limited to 350 words, so I didn't manage to discuss further...aaand I'm just too lazy/uninterested in filling up details - reason for having only discussed the religious aspect.
Yeah.. and I'm not even that faithful.
|No. Not these clones.|
Human cloning has been surrounded with controversies and speculations ever since the very idea of it was first thought of, although it garnered attention during the 1960s when geneticist Joshua Lederberg, a Nobel Prize winner, supported the idea as an “evolution of human” It was then strengthened further when Dolly, a sheep, was the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell.
Even with the scientific breakthrough that cloning has offered, the social, religious, and ethical aspect of such an experiment overshadows, if not equally levels itself with, what it has managed to accomplish within the field. As what Lewis D. Eigen said, human cloning will be seen by the public “as a breakthrough with most fearing the breakthrough is not a step forward for humanity.”
|Note: It's Lenten season|
Growing up in a religious household, I have the same stand with the Church when it comes to the issue of human cloning. An excerpt from the bible states “‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness’ . . . So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” therefore every human is unique and that with the process of cloning it destroys the essence. According to gotquestions.org, if humanity was created, then there must be a Creator, and humanity is therefore subject and accountable to that Creator Seeing that there is only one Supreme Being and He possess complete dominion over His creations, the process of cloning would defeat the belief. He only gave us the responsibility over all the creatures that he created, not the power to create life avoiding the natural process for conception.
All in all, cloning parts of the body to save someone’s life is acceptable, but when it comes down to the body as a whole it’s morally inadmissible during our present time. I mean, no one virtually wants to have themselves cloned with their copies functioning exactly the same way they did, up to the point that he turns into a fitting replacement for the original copy.
If there were, well, we need another room at the asylum.