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Human Cloning

I will not sit here and preach to you that human cloning is wrong on a moral ground. That is not the way I see it. Human cloning is basically putting alot of work to a process that has been successfully completed billions of time in the past few million years. We are not in need of more human to populate this Earth, on the contrary, we need less of us. Current figures project that there are 6.1 billion humans populating this Earth, and every time a man and woman conceive, it is likely to add another mouth to feed and body to clothe - and life to fulfill.

Second, the prospect of human cloning is a frightening prospect if we also develop the technology to artificially age our clones. Theoretically, then, there could be two or more of the exact person vying for the exact same life. What's scary is that these clones could be made to do things in lives of power to benefit the few, not the many.

I have seen in the news arguments against cloning single organs based on the grounds that if you clone a few organs, you are basically cloning a fraction of a human, which opponents say is simply wrong on moral/religious grounds. I see organ cloning as a worthwhile venture, given the always low supply of transplantable organs. This process could afford a greater standard of living for many people. The human being is synergy, greater than the sum of its parts, and the cloning of individual parts to help others is not wrong.

I simply do not understand the fascination with this very dangerous and potentially harmful technology. What I do understand is the very powerful urge on the part of those who see discovery as a great triumph, and cannot help but act when they see the opportunity to make a huge step. We are at the point in the development of a civilization where a technological adolescence has allowed us the opportunity to completely destroy ourselves, which thankfully we haven't done yet. We now must begin to understand that whereas, at one point, every technological advancement was beneficial in some way, every technological advancement from now of should be scrutinized for potential harm. We have, as a society, used technology to greatly better our condition as a whole, but, also, to rape the natural world. We're not standing on the shoulders of giants, and, as scientific ability becomes accessible to the general public, "renegade scientists" will do the things we've dreamed of - and feared - for more than one hundred years.