Friday, January 31, 2020
Human cloning is not playing god - Essay Example However, this depicts that only God has the power to create and sustain life as opposed the concept of cloning. On the other hand, cloning does not play god as it carries out the role of man as given in the biblical accounts of creation. This is concerning going forth and filling the world, where man attempts to sustain life by extending it. This is done by using cloning for is benefits in overcoming certain health conditions that may lead in fatalities. The entire process involves the manipulation of DNA, as opposed to the biblical accounts, where man is created from dust thus, cloning has no hand in an attempt to take over Gods role (Ã¢â¬Å"Human CloningÃ¢â¬ ). Therefore, human cloning does not play the role of god in any way following the distinct differences in the creation process. This is as seen in both cases of cloning and creation, where one is the source of life, while the second is only but a means of extending life. Ã¢â¬Å"Human CloningÃ¢â¬ . American Medical Association. n.d. Web. 9 Oct. 2012. Candel, Joseph. Ã¢â¬Å"Playing God?: Facts and Thoughts on Human CloningÃ¢â¬ . Activated Ministries. 2003. Web. 9 Oct. 2012.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
James Fenimore Cooper Many great people have told history. Stories of how we progressed from the small colonies to the country we are today have been passed down to every generation. We were given the idea of our triumphs, struggles, tragedies and adventures of history through story telling, and no- one tells of the adventure of history like James Fenimore Cooper and Nathaniel Hawthorne. They wrote with such a passion of history entwined with adventure that it swept you away into their world. After all, that is what makes a "classic" timeless, the passing down of history. Let us start with James Fenimore Cooper. James Cooper was born in 1789, and in 1790 his family moved to Cooperstown. The rest of his brothers had died and Cooper was the head of the household; he took on the responsibility of caring for his family. In 1803 he entered Yale and was expelled in 1805 for a prank. After serving on the Veruvius for three and a half years, he left the navy and married Susan Delancey. They had five daughter s and two sons. In 1826, he added the Fenimore to his name. But it was by accident that James Fenimore Cooper became a writer. He took a dare from his wife to write a better book than the English one he had been reading to her. Precaution was published in 1820. Though I completely understand why it won't be on anyone's nightstand, it does show us some importance to understanding Cooper's writings. We know that he critically observed the manners and morals of Europe during a seven-year tour of England and then upon his return to America, he remained a defender of American principles, but also a caustic critic of American Practice. The central idea of "Precaution" (1820) was parents taking more time to ensure the proper marriage of their daughters. Here, I believe he reveals an early interest in social themes and moral principles. The lack of the principle is what ultimately leads Jane to get her feelings hurt when the man she loves runs off with a new, young heiress. Though the characters are like lifeless cardboard, Precaution's theme dimly foreshadows what is to come next. If a reader was to read only Cooper's early fiction and perhaps a volume of his social criticism, they are likely to go away with the feeling of Cooper having several mistaken notions.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
In 1994 Kevin Carter won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography thanks to a photograph that he took in the village of Ayod in Sudan of a child crawling towards a feeding center. Whether it was morally right for him to have captured that moment instead of helping the child is a debate with many people. Some people believe that it was right because it helped stop the famine in Africa, others believe it was wrong because he did not aid the child after taking the picture. It is understood that there was thousands of refugees walking and crawling towards the food center, so was he suppose to help everyone or just that child? In philosophy class we have been talking about Morality in KantÃ¢â¬â¢s point of view which is the Categorical Imperative and also about the Morality point of view based on Consequentialism. I believe that it was not morally permissible for Kevin Carter to leave the child because of KantÃ¢â¬â¢s point of view on Morality, and that he should have not won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography based on this photo and I will explain why in this essay. According to Kant we should base morality on the Universal Law which means we should universalize our actions. This law is the same as the Golden Rule; Treat others the way you want to be treated. What Kant established basically was that we should respect all persons morally equal. The Consequentialism point of view on morality on the other hand is that we should base it on the principle of utilitarianism which means that for an action to be moral it must produce Ã¢â¬Å"The Greatest amount of Good for the Greatest amount of peopleÃ¢â¬ . Even though I agree with the consquentialism point of view on morality I do not agree with it this time. Why? Because I believe that at all times we should treat others the way we want to be treated and that all humans are equal. This is why when answering our question I based my answer on KantÃ¢â¬â¢s point of view based on morality. I believe that it was not morally permissible for Kevin Carter to leave the child after he took the picture. First of all I believe that Kevin should have not taken the picture period, he should have right away went to aid the child. Like Kant said we should treat others the way we want to be treated, if Carter was in a position like that he would have not liked to be left there to his own luck. I understand that Carter had a professional obligation where he is only an observer not a participant, which means he was only there to observe and take pictures of the whole situation. I also understand that he was there illegally and that he did not want to get caught yet he had a personal responsibility to help the child. In passage given to us by Professor Jordan it is said that Carter was with a group of photojournalist called Ã¢â¬Å"the Bang-Bang ClubÃ¢â¬ by a Johannesburg magazine. These people wanted to make the world aware of all the issues of injustice. There is where I believe that CarterÃ¢â¬â¢s personal responsibility plays role. Carter wanted the world do be aware of all the issues going around the world and for them to help. They were there because they wanted other countries all around the world to stop the famine, yet he did not help a child when it was in his hands to help that child and just left. Carter here was contradicting his believes to start with. Carter did not only just take the picture but waited several minutes for the vulture to spread his wings so he could get a more dramatic shot. Carter did not only use the child to get a picture but waited patiently to get a better picture instead of scaring the vulture right away from the child and helping him or her. There were more pictures that could have impacted us, and I am sure that if he looked around he would have found this is why I do not believe he should have taken the picture. I do not believe that he should have won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography based on that photo. I think that it was wrong to win a prize by using other people. Carter used the child and did not even aid the child. Considering that I believe that it was wrong for Carter to have even taken that picture I strongly do not believe that he should have won that prize. Carter could have used any other photograph to get his point across yet he decided to use that one and take his sweet time to take it anyways, he used the child and did not help her. I honestly do no believe that he should have one that prize. In Conclusion I believe that Carter should have not used the child to take that picture, and he shouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t have won the prize. I believe that Carter had the responsibility to help the child because he saw the child suffering and in danger of getting attacked by the vulture. Given the fact that he was the only one there he had the responsibility to help the child. We should do unto others what we would like to be done to us. If I was in that childÃ¢â¬â¢s position I would have liked to be helped like I am sure Carter would have too. I think that if Carter would have helped the child he would have not been depressed and committer suicide because he would have known he did something good by helping the child. Like I said before I am pretty sure he could have chosen another photograph to get his point across to have people help stop the famine. Besides he wanted people to help yet it was in his reach to help this child and he did not? He was going against his own believes in my opinion. I believe that it was morally wrong for Carter to not help the child get to the food bank or at least a safer place, closer to were that child could get the help needed.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill was first published in 1971. Publisher: Chosen Books241 Pages Its a Christian autobiography, but more than that, it is a story that shines a light of hope on one of the darkest events of the 20th century -- the Holocaust. These questions are designed to help book clubs work through the story and the ideas Corrie Ten Boom proposes about God and the Christian faith. Spoiler Warning: These questions reveal details from the story. Finish the book before reading on. Questions Corrie writes in the first chapter, Today I know that such memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do (17). How was this true in Corries life? If you take time to reflect on your own experiences, can you see ways in which this has been true in your life?On the train as a child, when Corrie asks her father what sexsin is, he responds by asking her to lift his watch case, and she replies that it is too heavy. Yes, he said, And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. Its the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you (29). As an adult, in the face of unspeakable suffering, Corrie remembered this response and allowed her Heavenly Father to carry the burden, finding contentment despite not understanding. Do you think there is wisdom in this? Is it something you can or desire to do, or is it hard for you to be content without answers?Father also told a young Corrie, our wise Father in heaven knows when were going to need things, too. Dont run ahead of Him, Corrie. When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need -- just in time (32). How was this true in the book? Is this something you have seen in your own life?Were there any characters in the book who you particularly liked or were drawn to? Give examples of why.Why do you think Corries experience with Karel was important to the story?During the Ten Booms work with the underground, they had to consider lying, stealing and even murder in order to save lives. Different members of the family came to different conclusions about what was OK. How do you think Christians can discern how to honor God when his commands seem to co ntradict a greater good? What did you think about Nollies refusal to lie? Corries refusal to kill?One of the best known Holocaust memoirs is Night by Elie Wiesel. Wiesel was a devout Jew before his experience in Nazi death camps, but his experience destroyed his faith. Wiesel wrote, Why, but why should I bless Him? In every fiber I rebelled. Because He had had thousands of children burned in His pits? Because He kept six crematories working night and day, on Sunday and feast days? Because in His great might He had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna, and so many factories of death? How could I say to Him: Blessed art Thou, Eternal, Master of the Universe, Who chose us from among the races to be tortured day and night, to see our fathers, our mothers, our brothers, end in the crematory?...This day I had ceased to plead. I was no longer capable of lamentation. On the contrary, I felt very strong. I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes were open and I was alone -- terribly alone in a world without God an without man. Without love or mercy (Night, 64-65).Contrast this with Corrie and Betsies reaction to the same horrors, and especially Betsies dying words: ...must tell people what we have learned here. We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. They will listen to use, Corrie, because we have been here (240).What do you make of their different interpretations of God in the midst of extreme suffering? How do you decide which interpretation to embrace as your own? Is this a struggle in your faith?What do you make of the visions in the book -- Corries of being led away and later Betsies visions of the house and rehabilitated camp?Is there anything that you want to discuss about Corries life and work after the war?Rate The Hiding Place 1 to 5.