Thursday, June 04, 2009

Pagan Values Month: Medical Ethics

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," where the Earth is the center of the universe, the Sun revolves around it, and up in those clouds is Heaven, where we go when we die if we're good. The Earth is 6,000 years old. It was created in six days by a bearded white guy who had a special fondness for the Middle East, specifically the region just east of the Mediterranean Sea. This same guy made all the animals from scratch, each to its own. He had to rest on Day Seven because he got bitten by a tse tse fly.

Yes. This is all a crock. Science proves it. Most Pagans are fine with science. You don't see many people going around trying to prove that a benign Goddess set in motion our fabulous biosphere by spreading her cape over the whole earth.

The vast, vast majority of Pagans support the right for a woman to choose how to use her own body. There's always room for lively debate, but the bottom line is that Pagans value autonomy.

However, there are medical breakthroughs on the horizon that may give Pagans pause.

*How do you feel about the cloning of an extinct woolly mammoth, using mammoth DNA preserved in permafrost and an elephant as a surrogate mother?

Bamp! overruled. Unfair to the creature generated by the procedure, as it will have no buddies.

*How do you feel about cloning extinct animals that are more recent, like passenger pigeons and Tasmanian tigers?

Bamp! ummm, Not bamp? We at "The Gods Are Bored" aren't sure how we feel about this. If the critters were only produced to populate zoos, well. That would stink.

*How do you feel about genetic engineering that would allow you to tweak your unborn child's DNA, giving it a higher IQ, blue eyes, and above-average athletic skills?

Bamp! Smacks of Master Race. Not bamp? Gets rid of pesky diseases like bipolar disorder? Ambivalent bamp? Many bipolar people are quite creative...

*How do you feel about nanobots, tiny robots that would be introduced into the bloodstream and would be programmed to eat cancerous tumors?

WHEW! This is just getting stickier and stickier! Yes to curing cancer, Ick to having robots in the bloodstream.

As far as we at "The Gods Are Bored" are concerned, the Big Bad Question of Modern Science is...

...

*How do you feel about medical research that may prolong human life to 400 years, 800 years, indefinitely? Sound like science fiction? Not really. Hardly more daunting than cloning a mammoth.

Anyway, the point of this little entry on Pagan Values Month is that science continues to evolve, and its pace is quickening. Best not to look to one single old book for guidance. Let's debate these thorny issues as they arise.

Pagan Values: Evaluate thorny scientific issues with all modern techniques at your disposal, while still applying ethical rules that make you personally comfortable and make all things equitable for the human race.

Tomorrow at "The Gods Are Bored": Learn how to re-create your beloved granny from a single strand of her hair.

10 Comments:

At June 04, 2009 , Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Pagans understand the mytho-poetic nature of spirituality and don't get all hung up on taking things literally, unlike some others I could mention.

 
At June 04, 2009 , Blogger JaAnBe said...

But isn't pain and sorrow and loss part of life? She never promised you a rose garden. It's what makes us change. If we "solve" all our problems, we won't need each other any more.

 
At June 04, 2009 , Blogger Evn said...

You don't see many people going around trying to prove that a benign Goddess set in motion our fabulous biosphere by spreading her cape over the whole earth.

True. Although I'm pretty sure this is how the Pagan blogosphere got started.

 
At June 04, 2009 , Blogger A Wild Celtic Rose said...

As to messing with nature too much, I offer this up...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLrTPrp-fW8



Uh yeah... I'm OLD

 
At June 04, 2009 , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

this ole granny will be the first in line for cloning...oh my sweet goddess...can you imagine a check out line with 7 of me saying 'hey, move it will ya'...

 
At June 04, 2009 , Blogger Lavanah said...

Oh, my grandmother would be seriously pissed at me for doing something like that!

 
At June 04, 2009 , Blogger THE Michael said...

We could EASILY weed out all those nasty genetic diseases by simply not passing on those genes. If we can breed dogs and cats and cows and chickens for desirable traits, why NOT humans? I'm not saying we need all blonde haired blue eyed children, but it would be nice if we could spare some souls from the hell of some of these genetic train wrecks that didn't have to happen with a little due diligence.

And no, I would not want to accept bipolar disease or ANY mental defect in exchange for being another Einstein. I already had to give up average height for the priveledge of being so brilliant.....grin.

 
At June 05, 2009 , Anonymous Bipolar Race said...

Bamp! Bipolar extinction denied! If bipolar people ruled the world it would be awesome! And sad. But more awesome than sad, because then we would lose the stigma.

 
At June 05, 2009 , Blogger Anne Johnson said...

BR, imagine the Sistine Chapel without Michelangelo. Imagine the Civil War without the Gettysburg Address. I'm not for wiping out bipolar disorder either -- even though my mom had a very debilitating, and stigmatizing case of it in a very small town.

 
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