After having seen this movie yesterday I thought that I would post this video which discusses moral standards in science. In the movie the scientist Will doesn’t realize the unintended consequences that his experimentation on his father and the ape Caesar produced until the end of the movie. Just because we have the ability to do something or heal someone doesn’t mean we should when it means abandoning ethical standards. The ends do not justify the means when it includes killing another life to produce a cure. There is nothing that justifies harming innocent life to save lives. Father Barron also touched on WWII and the nuclear bombs in this video. To be honest I am uncertain as to whether the two nuclear bombs that the U.S. dropped on Japan constitutes an intrinsic evil or not. Maybe dropping the bombs is an intrinsic evil but at the same time WWII met the criteria of being a just war? I think it is quite possible that the bombs could have saved more lives than were killed or harmed. That is extremely hard to measure since we don’t know how many additional lives would have been lost if the U.S. hadn’t intervened in WWII. I am not saying that it was good for the United States to drop both nuclear bombs. I am also unsure as to whether the second bomb was justified or not. The two bombs may have been the best option at the time, though.
The movie is excellent and I recommend that you take the time to see it.
Warning: There are spoilers in this commentary