Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Doing it all by ourselves
There is of course an underlying seriousness to this one because we are in a "copy and paste" technical age when it comes to the creating of human life. However, I'm a great believer in sometimes keeping it light (if only on the grounds that you have to laugh or you'd cry) and think that humour can often make a point with brilliant... well, pointedness. To which end, I also share the joke below. I know it's been around for a while, but I still think it is an excellent way of putting across the message that - reproductive technologies and subatomic physics notwithstanding - we are still, as Pope Paul VI tried to tell us in Humanae Vitae, ministers and not masters of a Bigger Plan.
Scientist: God, we don't need you any more. We've figured out how everything works and we can create life by ourselves now. You're obsolete.
God: OK, if you say so. Want to show me how you create life?
Scientist: Sure thing.
[He bends down and starts to scoop up a fistful of dirt.]
God: No, no! Get your own dirt!