Cows Breast-Feeding Babies . . . Sorta’

June 10th, 2011 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Cows Breast-Feeding Babies . . . Sorta’

I’m going to take a bit of a shortcut today with my blogging. We had a tremendous storm here yesterday (in the North Carolina Mountains) which knocked our internet service out for nearly 24 hours. We’re back up and running now – emphasis on the word running . . . at least that’s the gear we are in as we play catch-up for the remainder of the day.

I would encourage you, however to read this article. As a teaser I’ll share the title of the article: China Genetically Modifies Cows To Make Human Breast Milk. On one hand this seems ridiculously absurd and the height of what’s wrong with genetic engineering. On the other hand, I could see where there are some folks who even as they are opposed to genetic modification, could see how this may benefit certain people.

It seems that genetic modification is done for one reason and one reason only – to somehow make the lives of human beings more comfortable, more profitable, easier, or more expansive. It’s an incredibly human-centric endeavor – that involves manipulating other species of plants and animals. It works with the premise that the human species is so important, that it doesn’t matter what impact forcing cows, for example, to deliver human milk may have on the animal. If it works for us, then it’s all good. If every life form on the planet lived this aggressively and with this much self-centeredness, it’s hard to imagine that life would endure for as long as we may hope. We need to remind ourselves that we share the planet. It’s a relatively simple concept, and sadly, one that should come a lot more naturally to us than it does. It’s not just about us and what we think benefits humankind. I’m no scientist, but it seems that what will most benefit humankind is to help other life forms to flourish naturally. Life is a shared experience – it’s not just about us . . . and even if we think it is, this really isn’t helping.