Perhaps my secular friends can help me with a problem in logic.
I’m trying to reconcile the philosophy of animalism with the idea of vivisection. If humans aren’t set at the top of the food chain by edict from God, why can we take the heart of a baboon and implant it in a human when the baboon wasn’t finished using it?
If evolution theory is true and man is simply a product of random chance and natural selection, then there’s nothing special about humans in the Big Scheme of things.
If all animals (and plants, don’t forget) are our cousins, then what gives us the right to treat them poorly in the name of science?
The book The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells tells an unforgettable horror story.
A man is shipwrecked on a remote island and finds himself trapped with a mad doctor performing human/animal experiments.
The Roswell Public Library has a copy just waiting for you to come check it out.
Though not quite as popular as his classic works War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, or The Invisible Man, the novel offers a grim view of the potential consequences of science trying to force evolution.
Who knew Wells was psychic, and the “island” of Dr. Moreau would turn out to be England?
The U.K Mail Online reported that British scientists have secretly “created” 150 human/animal hybrid embryos, using the ever popular excuse that the work offers the potential for discovery of cures for a wide range of diseases.
These diseases are never specifically named, but they must exist because the people doing the experiments have explained that’s their sole motivation.
However, if humans are not special, and have not been given dominion over the “lower” forms of animals, what gives us the right to conduct this sort of experiments?
We all know death is inevitable. These experiments only delay death, they cannot prevent it from happening eventually.
This video from the Onion gives a hysterical take on the futility of life for those who don’t believe in any sort of life after death, as scientists teach a gorilla that it is going to die.
How are these “experiments” not a case of science being at odds with creationism and atheism?
Creationists believe that life is special because God created life. We only have permission to kill and eat what we need, not for sport or exercise or supremacy. We are instructed to be good stewards of the earth.
But my atheist friends should support me to object to this experimentation because even if I am wrong and we are all cousins, we certainly are the black sheep on the family tree.
My bear “brother” or shark “sister” might well eat me, but they won’t cut me up into little pieces while I’m still alive and play with the parts. They won’t inject foreign cells into my living body to see what happens, or for the generic benefit of all bears.
I might end up being someone’s dinner in the food chain, but that death would be more humane than an existence as a grotesque experiment while becoming a human lab rat..