Recent articles, including one on the CBC News site by Aleksandra Sagan, state that human cloning is possible but isn’t likely to happen yet because too many people feel it is unethical.
But it raises some questions in my mind, one of which is answered in the CBC article:
If you cloned the DNA of a dying loved one, for example, would you then be giving that particular individual a new life? Would that person be “reborn” as the same, exact individual she or he was, albeit as an infant?
Well, the CBC article answered my question — which originated, by the way, in a dream.
Says the CBC: “A clone would share the genetic material of its parent, but it wouldn’t be the same person. Grieving parents, for example, couldn’t re-create a deceased child’s looks and personality. The clone would have major differences.”
Hmm . . . Actually, the deceased person I was talking to in my dream — about this very subject before I had read the CBC article and even knew of its existence — said pretty much the same thing. He compared cloning to the spreading of his “seed” through his children.
Still, I was perplexed by his answer, and more than a little freaked out when I woke up and, while scrolling through the CBC morning news on my smartphone, discovered the above article. I mean, I had never given the idea of cloning any attention at all before. Why it popped up in my dream along with a deceased colleague was beyond me. I remembered telling him I was going to interview somebody about the subject, for an article I was writing, and I wanted to know if I was cloned, would the carbon copy really be me . . . i.e. the same person writing this post?
Well, it was a dream. What can I say?
I don’t believe in coincidences. Everything happens for a reason, usually if not always related to karma.
The dream and the CBC article stuck in my mind all day and well into the night, when the possible significance of it all dawned on me: Would human cloning prove the existence of the somewhat mythical and immortal spirit — which I believe animates every one of us? Has the DNA cloning and subsequent births of various animals — including Dolly the sheep — proven that although genetically identical, each creature was unique in its animating principle, the biblical “breath of life”?
Clearly, we are more than our DNA . . . yes?