Sunday, March 25, 2007

Commenting on a Letter to the Editor

When I saw a Letter to the editor, entitled "
Don't spend public money to destroy Human Life" bemoaning the expenditure of the peoples funds to destroy life, I expected to see another thoughtful call for peace, a suggestion that America turn to the State Department, to reduce international tensions, reduce warfare and put an end to taxpayer funding for SHOCK & Awe Inc. The thinking that has caused the loss of so many innocent lives overseas. Refusing to recognize the Geneva Conventions and Habeus Corpus.

Or possibly another well reasoned argument in opposition to the death penalty. Or an argument against the pointless and counterproductive growth rate of prisons that has placed so many non-violent offenders in criminal universities with violent offenders for advanced training who will then endanger society for decades.

But instead, it was just another anti-science screed, reflecting the same opposition to science, that so many centuries ago was repelled by the first anatomical explorations that opened the human body for science, instead of just in the casual destruction of war and violence.

The kind of close-minded, parochial thought that was shocked, shocked to hear that the human body is constructed from the food we eat. "You are what you eat" was considered blasphemous, and heretical.

May the light of science never be extinguished by ignorance. Good Health to you, one and all.

Richard W. Spisak Jr.
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