The Soul


I just watched a British movie called “Never Let Me Go.” It was an alternative universe story, in the same type of vein as “The Handmaiden’s Tale.” It concerns the ethics of cloning humans.

Disease has been conquered in this timeline, but the organs of the human body still degrade. The cloned people are set up to replace these organs. The heroine of the movie is one of these clones, and the school they attend, unbeknownst to them, is trying to prove that the clones should be considered people too, and that they should be granted the same dignities and rights as other humans. In other words, they were trying to prove that they had souls.

But at some unseen point in the movie’s timeline, the rest of “humanity” made up its mind. To serve their own purposes they decided to ignore the question. If they could live years longer, and the clones could help them do it, than treating them like non-entities was justifiable.They rationalized away their inner conflict. It was obvious in the movie that the clones had emotions.

But did they have an inner self? Did they have a soul? The viewer is left to decide that on their own. Whether or not the inner self is our connection to the divine, or another piece of our soul, it is for us to decide how we view it, and more importantly, how we act on it.

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