The Corner

Walk Away

I like this one:

Mr. Goldberg

Perhaps my analogy is faulty, but while reading your Corner posting on stem cells (the one with the letter attached), I was reminded of a conversation I had with an English professor I admired while I was an undergraduate. We were discussing the “Alive,” the movie about those soccer players who survived a plane crash in the Andes. The survivors resorted to cannibalism for food. While addressing the subject of eating one’s friends for nourishment, my professor said to me, “You and I never would have found ourselves in that moral dilemma; we’d have started walking out of that mess immediately just to avoid the problem.” Sometimes walking away well before one steps into a moral quagmire is the right answer. Merely because the road of embryonic stem cell research may lead to cures and new organs does not mean it is the high moral path. Maybe we need to avoid that road altogether.