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Making gods of men: utilitarianism, medicine and modern living

March 30, 2015

Adrain on Society

We must stop thinking of ourselves as these Gods, faulted or faultless, who have the right to give and take life because we have the power. It is a strange notion anyway, that God can freely give and take away; throughout history we have accepted that once a life is given, it cannot be taken back by the person who “gave” it; infanticide is illegal, for example.

In that case, when we breed something – an animal, or a society – our inability to let it grow, go or die shows one of our worst tendencies as much as one of our better ones. We have a tendency to think that we can fix everything. It’s a race, to see if we can eradicate disease.

I think it unlikely we will ever eradicate disease. More will come as we solve them. I wouldn’t advocate not trying to battle them; better…

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