Letter to the Editor

Internet response

Friday, May 21, 2010

Dear Editor,

Not being on the Internet, it was only when a friend who is on the Internet pointed out some of the Internet responders who took umbrage with my "Kill, Baby, Kill" recent letter.

Of course, with only a rapid, cursory look at the "same old, same old arguments" for the destruction of human stem cells with their key words "pluri-potent" with its high-powered scientific connotation of the answer to many and all human suffering; and of course the other "same old, same old" argument -- well, why not use up these human stem cells because we'll only have to dispose of them anyway.

The latter specious argument is just one step away from the argument for euthanasia.

These old people and seniors are a drain on our national GDP, so let's help them along for the general betterment and health of our nation.

The elder Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that there are "one-story intellects, two-story intellects and three-story intellects." Men with one-story intellects are all those who are fact-collectors, who have no aim beyond their facts.

Men with two-story intellects compare, reason and generalize using the labors of the fact-collectors as well as their own. Men with three-story intellects imagine, idealize, predict, their best illumination coming from above, through the skylight. Except for atheists and agnostics, when one speaks of anything "from above," we know they are speaking of God, so it is not difficult to figure out "what story intellects" are the scientific community at UNL and their Internet defenders.


J. G. McHale


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  • You'd think that had the deity been involved "from above" this necessity could have and would have been avoided altogether.But since that did not, and will not happen we humans are left to deal with the situation as best we can.It's not hard to imagine which story Mr. Mchale imagines himself to be on.His false equivalency of clusters of cells to sentient human beings reflects the conservative view that life begins at conception but rights end at birth, except the rights they'd grant to those they approve of.

    -- Posted by davis_x_machina on Mon, May 24, 2010, at 9:20 AM
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