Saturday, January 25, 2014
Am I Prepared for the 21st Century?
I am thinking about my moral compass. Here are events that would not have happened 50, 25, some only 10 years ago. (I have already written about some of them.) Technology makes them possible. Are we ready to deal with the results? A sperm donor is ruled as the legal father of a child, and held accountable for thousands of dollars of child support. The Supreme Court considers what the viewers of child pornography owe to the victim of the videoed rape. In Sweden, doctors successfully transplant a uterus taken from a live donor and are on track to implant the recipient's own frozen embryos. Brain death declaration is challenged by the deceased's family who assert that she is alive. A brain dead pregnant woman's body is kept on life support over the objections of her family to protect the life of the 14 week old fetus. A woman stands by the side of the road holding up a sign soliciting a kidney donation. A man convicted of murdering his wife will receive a sex change operation while serving his life sentence. There are many similar events, every day. They are written up in the news papers. I read them and wonder what view I would take if my loved ones were involved. Morals are supposed to help discern right from wrong. I thought my own morality was grounded, my compass true. Sometimes I am not sure.