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PERSPECTIVES
The Michigan Daily Friday, June 13, 1986 Page 7
DIETER- You2E MAKIN& US BoT Z30St BECAUSE I ToLl) THE BLA5cK-
Reassurmg voice Look o60 AMFN MAKE MY Aty!
just deal with the situation because I
By Lisa Alatchanian better realize now that "life isn't
fair." '-4I
Another one of Dad's famous
Why is it that even in my adult phrases has crossed over the -
years there are still days when I feel a telephone lines quite a few times this -
need to call home and talk to Dad? past semester as I began interviewing -
It's funny, I haven't always wanted and playing the numbers game with
to listen to what my father had to say. my resume. Each week I would call
As a growing child and rebellious home with the updated rejection letter a
adolescent I regularly threw his ad- tally, and each week Dad would tell -
vice out the window. However, like me, "in every adversity is the seed of -
my parents predicted, the years have a greater benefit." I really think this A WA2NEt THE - Y
matured and mellowed me. Now, af- saying came from one of those queer A W TE R
ter I've had a really rotten day and 1950s self-improvement books he has, YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CAN T RIE.? YoU AN 'T SE- NoTAN6 ET.
am ready to hibernate for the year I but I'm too afraid to ask him.
actually want to hear Dad's Anyways, I can relate to the adversity 4-
reassuring voice. My ears are open to part, but I don't quite understand
his advice including those stupid where or when the greater benefit
platitudes he is so devoted to. comes into the picture. I mean is this
Sometimes Dad's special phrases can just something nice to say, a more
really hit the spot. I hope now is one of realistic rendition of "in every cloud =
those times. there's a silver lining," or does Dad's
Here I am five weeks after phrase have an ounce of truth in it?
graduation from college having a Actually, I must admit I did use one
major crisis attack. I've graduated. of my rejection letters for a higher v.
I'm supposed to be a real person in the purpose and received a greater
real world, scary! And unfortunately, benefit. For a class assignment to "
long after I thought I could kiss write a press release I used the let-
Career Planning and Placement terhead from a rejection letter I had
goodbye I'm still referring to it as my received. It looked pretty professional
second home on campus. All those if I do say so myself. Talk about
long hours of self-evaluation, career making good out of something bad, I
research, and analyzing job outlook received an "A" on that assignment!
charts still haven't paid off in a job. I also talk to my dad when things
Needless to say, I'm discouraged. are wonderful in my life. However, By Jeff Wilkins come of five billion years of slow discussion rights, th the last
Call to Dad: "Lisa," he tells me, when I express my enthusiasm and change. The enviroment that we live resort is the ethe root of the issue:
"stop the pity-partying, keep excitment over something, like my Many events hold more significance i i tenuous eqlibrium between a modern science, biology particular.
checking the job bulletins at that dead plant being brought back to life, than is evident from their occurrence. and muthe m u nivr iaeM , f nrt ta niche, anreai adapte to hat
career place, make contacts, make Dad always reminds me, "Don't get The Chernobyl nuclear accident was ms the presses ht led no ofu niche, and remain adapted to that
contacts, then hit the pavement and too high, don't get too low, just stay in just such an event. Chernobyl was not most, of the processes that led to our niche unless it is disrupted. In essen
get a job because money doesn't grow the middle." To tell you the truth I an isolated incident of bad planning, current situation are not fully under- ce, organisms evolve until there is no
on trees, you know what I mean?" Oh, don't appreciate nor abide by this instead it is another example of man's stood by mankind, yet many feel they more need to evolve. Adaptation is a
Dad, you have such a way to deal with piece of advice. I'm emotional; I get astounding inability to control the are worthy of changing the very response to a change in the environ-
life's little crises. sad, I get excited. Staying in the mid- very technology that he creates; this processes that gave rise to us. ment of an organism. What genetic
I also remember the time when my die is just not my style. Dad, you're failure does not result from a lack of Mankind has neither the knowledge engineering proposes is that we alter
life nearly ended way back in high too even-keeled for me. knowledge or foresight, but instead nor the wisdom to extend evolution in the environment to fit the needs of the
school. My sweetheart of almost a Oh well, back to the problems of the from inexcusable greed. Greed is the way he feels is best. Anyone who is organism, in this case, man. Ob-
year drops me like a hot potato two day. Dad, what should I do about my defined as excessive desire, and, inat all familiar with ecology and the viously, genetic engineering opposes
weeks before Senior Prom. I was left post-graduation crisis situation? Wait this case, excessive to the point of environment understands how a evolution, which is the changing of an
with a new prom dress, a face full of a second, do I really need to talk to my blinding rational thought. Man's seemingly small change can have organism, not the environment. The
anxiety acne, falling physics grades, dad? After all, I already know what he technological greed makes him blind widespread effects. Since man ap- environment we need is right in front
puffy eyes, and dateless for the event is about to say. Oh, on second thought, to a basic truth about technology: pears to be inept at sustaining the of our eyes, provided by the process of
of my life. Dad's advice in this I still need his reassuring voice to tell technology is a double edged sword. It very environment in which he lives, evolution which we now want to aban-
situation wasn't the most sym- me... is as simple as that. If only mankind any change he makes in the environ- don. Genetic engineering goes against
pathetic. "Lisa," he told me, "it hap- could realize that any new technology ment will almost assuredly be for the modern science by endangering
pens to the best of us." Yes, Dad even Lisa Alatchanian graduated in has both a positive potential and a worse. If my word is not good enough future generations. The basic purpose
had his heart broken, once. He ad- May with a Bachelor of Arts degree. negative potential: nuclear for you to take this ito consideration- of any organism is to pass on its genes
vised me to keep a stiff upper lip and p ow er/nuc lea r w as tes, many of the companies involved in to the next generation. Genetic
chemical/hazardous wastes, etc; this genetic engineering of this type are engineering is a game of Russian
includes the latest savior of the same companies that brought us roulette with the future of our species
civilization: genetic engineering. such notable advancements as DDT, and goes against some of the most
Genetic engineering is advancing at dioxin, and agent orange. How important principles of modern
an ever increasing rate, bringing reassuring. biology.
visions of a world without hunger, If the sheer stupidity of genetic What could motivate people to do
without disease, and, unless this engineering from an environmental this? Greed. Never one to be satisfied
Letters to the Daily should be typed,-triple- technology is put into perspective and standpoint does not convince you, then with his situation, man has pushed
spaced, and singed by the individual authors. brought under control, without consider whether mankind has the himself to the point where he can
mankind, right to do such a thing. With each destroy himself in any number of
Names will be withheld only in unusual circum- I am not against all genetic change in the environment that oc- ways - nuclear war, environmental
stances. Letters may be edited for clarity. gram- engineering. In fact, I applaud the ef- curs when a new or altered species is destruction from any number of sour-
,and spelling, forts of those who have developed in- introduced, the future of mankind is ces (pollution, nuclear winter, etc...)
mar, nterferon. If genetic engineering only at stake. Do we even have the right to By bringing science in conflict with
affects those humans who choose it, risk the lives of future generations nature's delicate balance man
then it is acceptable. If, however, it unnecessarily? I do not believe so. threatens the future of humanity.
crosses this boundary then it exceeds The ability to do something does not
ethical, rational, and scientific boun- give one the right to do it. I can kill, Jeff Wilkins is ajunior majoring in
ds. but I do not have the right to do so. Biology.
Our present environment is the out- If you are not to be swayed by a

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