Can The Cure For Cancer Be A Ticket?

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Emmelene Lim
Can the Cure for Cancer be a Ticket to the Afterlife?
The year is 2086. You look down into the lens of your microscope and with shaky hands, dispense the last drop of the serum on the petri dish and victoriously smile because you have found the cure. After eighty years, you can finally declare that the last cancer cell is dead. Running upstairs to celebrate with your family, you find yourself calling out to a cold and empty house. Painful memories of the past flood your mind with the reality that your wife left after waiting thirty years for you to start a family together. Aside from the loneliness, it can be said that a scientist like you, with a firm belief in research, evidence, and result has lived quite a successful life.
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In Humanism, Stephen Law begins with the separation of contentment and meaning (120). He explains that beyond the mere happiness and comfort which some find to represent a worthily lived life is the realization that it only plays a small role once you physically cease to exist. Something such as a self-chosen & moral task that is completed to the best of ability (123) represents a true factor affecting the meaningfulness of human life in that it showcases favorable human traits such as dedication and knowledge of right and wrong. Additionally, in the comparison of the moral, ultimate purpose, and divine judgment arguments, Law finds questionable points in each. Specifically in the ultimate purpose argument, it is stated that we exist as living organisms to reproduce which is considered one of our life goals.
He further contemplates God’s creation of beings since humans and beasts share the reproductive purpose. (125) Did he make humans to love him or to simply let them see their end? Law’s contrast between life with and without religion shows that despite the existence of God, life will ultimately result in selfishness. Without religion, the goals of life revolve around attaining status, material items, and wealth, which are just as shallow as obsessing over salvation and immortality in religious life (131). In addition, the final question Law poses is whether or not people miss out on something when they aren’t seeing the world from a religious perspective. For him,
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