School has started at Berkeley - the teachers all seem nice enough. My (deductive - not formal, although I've taken that, too) logic professor, in particular, is a rather interesting character. He promises a hard class, but while he lectures, he sometimes dreamily leans upon his hands and will pause now and again mid-speech. Not the short pauses where the professor is searching for the right word, but a pause that seems to say he was trying to remember what he was saying in the first place. This is only a cursory observation, though, and will likely change.
"Prof. Hwang Woo-suk and his team succeeded in establishing human cloned embryonic stem cells for the first time in the world in February 2004. This marks another step forward in liberating humankind from incurable diseases that have inflicted untold human suffering for almost eternity." Source
^^^ So now Korea is creating a stamp to commemorate this. On the stamp is pictured a man in a wheelchair, leaping high out of his chair to come down and embrace a woman from sheer delight at his recovery. That picture is a pretty picture, it is what every decent man jack of us desires: that the lame walk, the blind see, etc. But, the stamp is commemorating a fraud, whose research was falsified, and who isn't even, y'know, taking the responsibility ("I was framed!"), and that is besides the most important fact that embryonic stem cell research is a cruel and violent desecration of the bodies of aborted children. It's very interesting to note Korea's reaction to the stem-cell fiasco.
"...Tell me yourself - I challenge you: let's assume that you were called upon to build the edifice of human destiny so that men would finally be happy and would find peace and tranquility. If you knew that, in order to attain this, you would have to torture just one single creature, let's say the little girl who beat her chest so desperately in the outhouse, and that on her unavenged tears you could build that edifice, would you agree to do it? Tell me and don't lie!"
"No, I would not," Alyosha said softy.
"And do you find acceptable the idea that those for whom you are building that edifice should gratefully receive a happiness that rests on the blood of a tortured child, and, having received it, should continue to enjoy it eternally?"
"No, I do not find that acceptable."
Now this quote is taken slightly out of context, but it is still a pretty powerful one. Here, in turn,is a compilation of pro-life quotes that my paternal unit concocted:
Whatever happened to the idea of non-violence? Partisans of both sides of the tangled problem of abortion insist that the problems answer lies obviously on their side. How do authentic theorists and promoters of non-violence, womens rights and the rights of African Americans address the issue? Radical non-violence is unanimous in its judgment on the problem. Each person, particularly each person of the Left must consider carefully any fundamental question of justice from the perspective of the victims, the beings who are the oppressed object of the act considered. One must take to heart the inner core of the idea of non-violence.
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It seems to me clear as daylight that abortion would be a crime.
Of course, abortion, from a Buddhist viewpoint, is an act of killing and is negative, generally speaking.
They are killing the baby in the womb. How cruel! In this age of unwanted population, man is losing his compassion. When you kill a living entity, even an ant, you are interfering with its spiritual evolution, its progress. That living entity must again take on that same life form to complete its designated life term in that body. And the killer must return to pay for damages
--A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; But oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!
--Susan B. Anthony
I fully support the right to life of every human being, from conception until natural death. In addition, I unequivocally endorse a total human life amendment to the U.S. Constitution, that would promote the value and dignity of every human life."
"The United States government through its Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion has established a policy to outright murder unborn babies. Black women and girls are being barraged with propaganda by doctors, social workers, women liberationists and others to murder babies in their womb."
4X Temple No. 46, Nation of Islam
"Yesterday they snatched the babies from our arms and sold them into slavery, today they cut them out of our womb and throw them in the garbage. Abortion, Black genocide, provided free of charge by a racist society."
--Dolores Bernadette Grier
President, Black Catholics Against Abortion
I know I'm tagged for a meme. I will do that...sooner or later.