To Kill Or Not To Kill

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Former President Theodore Roosevelt once said "A man who is good enough to shed his own blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards, more than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have" (Augarde, 183). What the president meant by this is what the American people have based their standards off of these last two centuries. Not only do we as Americans believe that all men are created equal, it also doesn't matter what your age is or what race or nationality you are. This way of thinking is written in our nation's Constitution where the first real Americans wrote down the basis of what we now live on today. The bible can also be a reference to these basic ideas we still base our lives on everyday. Not only does our and most of the other world's most sacred writings and teachings declare that all men, woman, and children be treated with the same respect because, of course, we are all the same, they all teach us to love and respect each other. There is logic to this of course, what would our country and our world amount to if everyone killed each other at will? Nothing, Chaos, Pandemonium, they're all right, because not only would our world be in a state of constant mayhem there would never be any great writers or thinkers such as Einstein, Whitman, or Aristotle. Our world would be just one big maelstrom of hate and anger, filled with oppression and bondage, that no man woman or child would ever have control of, and it would eventually lead to an eternal damnation for the entire human race. Not only would there be constant hate seeping from the world like a punctured artery, no one would escape it, a world filled with detestation for the common man that everyone would feel. This may sound a little extreme compared to my main topic but it could be inevitable. The knowledge we know have in the field of stem cell research is growing at a rapid rate and will eventually lead to a considerably large breakthrough in the field of medicine, but to kill one life to save another totally defeats the purpose of the research, hence this practice should be diminished no matter what the outcome. From the start of the 19th Century an explosion of thinkers who believed in the concept Transcendentalism sprang forth. To be remembered even today these men believed that "transcendent forms of truth exist beyond reason and experience"(Celebrations of the Self, para.4). Ralph Waldo Emerson, a popular transcendentalist of the time, believed that "Good men should not obey the laws too well," what he meant by this was some laws are meant to be broken and intelligent men should break them if it is necessary (Emerson, para.1). What would have happened if the early Americans had never obeyed the laws, we might not have ever been made into our own country. Thanks to the largesse these early heroes of America have given us, we now have one of the strongest nations in the world. Even the framers of the Constitution broke the...

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