John Lilburne's journal about the 6th day and Father Brian Gore's speech on Background Briefing.
1151 K Tue 2 Oct 2001
Back to class last night with the Church in Asia.
At home I watched a DVD "The 6th Day" with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The title refers to Genesis 1:24-31 ... "God said "Let us make man in our own image"." It deals with interesting issues of biotechnology and cloning. There are also interesting metaphysical issues of identity, with people dying and being remade. It is set in the future, so also interesting uses of technology.
One is identification systems -- thumb prints are scanned. The last page in today's Australian quotes Larry Ellison: "We need a national ID card with our photograph and thumbprint digitised and embedded in the ID card ...". The editorial talks about the same issue.
A few days ago I looked up Background Briefing for 9 September. It had a speech by Father Brian Gore about the problem of debt in the Third World. I have been thinking about it for a few days, worrying about it. Here is the conclusion of his speech:
I agree debt is a problem. I accept what the Catechism says: "Those whose usurious and avaricious dealings lead to the hunger and death of their brethren in the human family indirectly commit homicide, which is imputable to them." (CCC 2269).
But I do not agree "it's worse than what happened in the Holocaust". I do not agree with the approach of simply making people outraged.
Last year I heard Cardinal George (from Chicago) give a speech. He was given an emotional situation of a poor village having to choose between a well and a school. I was impressed with his response, which I recall as: "In a just world they would not have to choose between a well and a school. But we do not live in a just world. The questions is what are you going to do about it."
I think what some people decided to do about it was hijack aeroplanes and fly them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. In Osama bin Ladin's 1998 interview he said:
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 2 October 2001.
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