Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Better Things for Better Living...Through Chemistry"

"Better Things for Better Living...Through Chemistry."

That was once the slogan of Dupont, one of the largest chemical manufacturers in America. And of course....who could ever forget:

"GE! We bring good things to life."

Personally, I believe that long before Mary Shelly ever envisioned a doctor Frankenstein or his creation, man had been dreaming of and pursuing opportunities to play God and the pursuit continues today.

Be it this weeks announcement that President Obama is reversing policy on embryonic stem cell research, or another story today, where artificial life is predicted to be created by science within the nest five years. Man continues on the path to the unknown corruption of the human mind and man's science is driving the runaway train to oblivion at break neck speeds.

It has been said that those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it. But what may have been left out of that convention of thought, is the very real potential for man's greed to bring an end to existence as we know it. Be it through the creation of some genetically altered species or microbe, or virus or via the creation of some Frankenstein life form incompatible with humanity, or through the pursuit of duplicating God on the atomic level and destroying existence via scientific experimentation and the colliding of sub atomic particles together until we really do get a big bang.

There have always been those who believe that the end justifies the means. But what happens when the means becomes the end? And not just for those involved, but for all of us who will just be along for the ride on the ego trip of others?

Man and his science have already unleashed imbalances on and into the earth that cannot be resolved or rectified. So why challenge nature and God to the point where utter destruction of all that we know may be the ultimate and final outcome.

Over the course of my life, I have come to realize on many levels and through many examples, that science fiction all too often becomes science fact. And once the genie escapes the bottle? There is no putting him back.

Reference stories:

Artificial life 'could be created within five years'

Obama's Stem Cell Order Stirs Scientific, Moral Debate

Fermilab scientists make discovery in search for "God Particle"

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