- Masahiro Morioka
Integrated Arts and Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University,
Gakuencho, Sakai, Osaka 593, JAPAN
Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 8 (1998), 13.
Leavitt seems to me more skeptical about human cloning and new reproductive technology than Tharien and Weiler. He emphasizes the importance of human sexual intercourse as an expression of love. But he never judges the morality of human cloning because he is (and probably most of us are) not "on a high enough spiritual level to judge other people." On the other hand, concerning "cloned headless people as organ farms," he declares that "whoever is born of woman is human, whether they are headless or brainless or whatever. .... So I cannot lend a hand to using any baby, cloned or otherwise, as an organ farm."
I am an agnostic person, but my opinion is very similar to Leavitt. I have objected to the idea of harvesting the brain dead, especially medical experiments on the brain dead body, and "organ farm" ideas in any forms. As Leavitt points out, most of us are not saints. We do not have high spirituality. However, in my humble opinion, we should think again about our "humanity" and "the meaning of life," to become wiser.
As I reported elsewhere, I received a letter from an old woman saying that she wants her baby and if human cloning is possible she wants to try it. And she went on to say that the reason why she wanted her baby was let her DNA live after her death, and thinking about that, she wrote, she can escape from the fear of death. But is this a real medical need we should support at the expense of future unknown risks?
I think this woman has to think again about her whole life and what is the meaning of life and death for herself before considering human cloning. Of course, in our society, it is free to use any technologies and buy any services unless they do not harm others significantly. This is the conclusion coming from our modern ethics. However, what we really need here is not "ethics." We really need "wisdom," wisdom not to buy certain things, not to use certain technologies. I want to have wisdom and courage not to use or buy something that are considered to be ethically acceptable in our contemporary society. Hence, most important thing is not "bioethics," but sort of "bio-wisdom." And this kind of bio-wisdom develops out of our real contemplation on the life and death of ourselves,-- not that of humans generally, but that of ourselves just living here and now. I want to stop and think between bioethics and bio-wisdom.
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