"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
It's a pretty small snack. If no one else knew about it, then it didn't happen.
I THINK THE RED GOWN LOOKS THE BEST! IT NEVER HURTS TO RUB IT IN A LITTLE.The jokes write themselves!
Eating a fertilized egg would most certainly be cannibalism. You are eating something that is fully human.
If you choose to equate human persons with human zygotes, it is your problem. And a problem it is.
The moral significance of a human organism is when it becomes something at least more sentient than a tadpole. But, you're right, it is a human life, in the sense that it carries human genes. But, there is absolutely no reason to care about that, relative to actual human persons.A zygote is an early stage of a human life. Its still a human life
If you swallowed a fertilized egg, would that mean you'd eaten an entire human being, just like if you chopped a 30-year-old up and ate him?
I think that's the question at issue here.
We all commit "cannibalism" to one extent or another every day; we swallow skin cells from the insides of our cheeks, we clear our sinuses by sucking snot down the backs of our throats, we chew skin off our lips and swallow it, we chew our cuticles.
If "eating part of a person" is cannibalism, we're no doubt all guilty of it on a daily basis.
I think the question is, is swallowing a fertilized egg- which would be no different in my opinion, really, than swallowing a load of semen, except in one case you're eating millions of human organisms and in the other case you're only eating one- the equivalent of eating an entire person?
You know, it's not at all uncommon that an egg is fertilized but fails to implant; in this case, it is eventually ejected from the body via the vagina.
Anyone who performs oral sex on a woman could very well have swallowed a fertilized egg and not even realized it.
It's microscopic, after all.
Last edited by 1069; 04-10-10 at 12:32 PM.
Yes, I belive it would be, and it beyond that ... it's just a little gross.