Question 1: Modern technology has become a big part of us. Would you rather lose the use of all motorized vehicles, all telecommunication devices and computers, or one of your hands?
Due Date: Friday, January 10.
I have decided to cut off my hand. Although I agree with Dianne Hartsock (chopping off body parts is a form of self-mutilation), I think a physical part of me isn’t as special or essential as what truly makes me Jennie – my consciousness – and the expression of that consciousness.
When I think about telecommunication, especially in our modern age, the Internet is a huge boost for human communication and expression (although it can discourage in-person socialization — as pointed out by Bonnie). People all over the world are instantly connected to one another, dissolving the old-fashioned idea that we live in a large world. If I lost telecommunication, I would give up the reach of my being. I would limit the boundless ways I interact with people radically different from myself.
Although a great trek by foot is exciting for Justin Bolger, I believe that without cars, planes, or even rescue vehicles, I would be confined to my home and the near area. There aren’t enough hours in the day to travel at great lengths while adequately maintaining responsibilities. Unless I prefer to be alone, I have to work. I have to provide. And, to be fair, I have to do this for myself because I’m diabetic. It limits my worldly experience. It limits integration. It limits the reach of my being.
Bonnie Lee finds joy in working with her hands, which I would surely miss. But, I must confess I have always been more attracted to a person’s words than physical attributes. This is not to say I don’t enjoy touch, but touch is an experience shared by many body parts – not just hands.
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