Ms. Hunter Medicine & Literature
Fall 2018 A, B and E Block
Rumination Paragraph (TE/EA Structure)
Select a quote for rumination and to write about over the weekend. Record your quote in your notebook or planner.
Ruminate- (verb) think deeply about something.
Structure of paragraph:
"Science is concerned wholly with truth, not with ethics"
This quote by Arthur Keith is concerning because he seems to say that the ultimate goal of science is to find out information without any ethical considerations. In his view, science does not need to bother with what is right or wrong as long as there is a discovery or "truth" at the end of the inquiry. Perspectives like this allow for scientists to abuse their power for the sake of an experiment or research project. For example, the infamous Tuskegee syphilis trials allowed human rights violations to continue in order for doctors to study the effects of syphilis (a sexually transmitted infection) on infected people. As a result of those trials, many people suffered, died, and continued to spread syphilis to others. Another instance of science without ethics is how many industries use animals to study how different medications and cosmetics will impact living things. These experiments take place without any regard for how the animals are treated or the negative consequences of being exposed to untried drugs and chemicals. Overall, this quote asserts that there are no limitations to what science can do when in the pursuit of knowledge. If no ethical factors exist to guide experiments or research, scientists have free rein to do harm to others to make their discoveries. While scientific discovery is important and knowledge is valuable, it does not make sense to seek knowledge by doing harm to others.
"As long as there is no law in Burma, any individual here can be arrested at any time."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
This quote by Aung San Suu Kyi surprises me because it seems to say that there is a big difference between a country having law and having a security force. For most people, interactions with the law are with officers of the law, particularly the police. Kyi is saying that those officials actually have more power and operate more freely in the absence of law. This sounds like a paradox, and it makes me think about how easily the power to imprison people can be abused. Kyi’s quote reminds me of times in history when a king or queen could do whatever they wanted to anybody because there was no force more powerful than they were to make them behave according to certain standards. The quote also reminds me of news stories describing CIA “black sites” where, because they do not officially exist, officers do not have to follow human rights standards and laws against torture. Overall, this quote challenges the common perception of law as a power possessed by officers with the power to arrest, and instead reminds us that a country with a good, functioning system of law is actually supposed to offer us protections and rights against the overuse or misuse of power by security forces. Kyi is telling us that the word “law” is more than just a term meaning rules and the punishments for breaking them; it is a term that can refer to a broader, orderly political system that offers equal protections to all citizens of a country.