Politics / Random musings / Science

How do you depart this world? How do you leave your mark?

Philosophical title yes, but perfectly acceptable. Why do I ask these questions in my latest post, you may be wondering? Consider this. Sir Robert Geoffery Edwards was the brain behind developing in vitro fertilisation, or to the layman, IVF. As I read about his passing away, it dawned on me a few days later, what his work meant for those couples, who after continuous attempts to conceive, found hope with IVF. As such they fulfilled that dream of having a child in their arms and to begin a family in its truest sense. Have a read of this article by Simon Jenkins :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/12/test-tube-pioneers-joy-bob-edwards

What particularly stood out for me whilst I read this were the following words:

Science is always claiming wealth, convenience and security. It too rarely claims joy.

It is good to remember a scientist “who just wanted to help”. The result has been 5 million babies worldwide – and a whole lot of happiness.

On the other hand this week, Margaret Thatcher’s death brought a mixture of emotions, yet even that doesn’t seem to be the right choice of words as I write this. What I have seen and read has indicated that people are rejoicing to see her leave the world. They say that every action has a reaction. Her actions caused outrage when she was Prime Minister, continued to have repercussions after being replaced by John Major, and now a lot of people believe that the state of Britain today is down to ‘Thatcherism’ still seeping through. Just watching this video summed up how much resent people still harbour:

So my point is this. Whilst Sir Robert Edwards has left the world with people being forever grateful for his contribution to science, Thatcher leaves the world achieving just as much in politics, but leaving behind people who feel that opportunities were snatched. So I ask you the reader – how would you choose to depart the world? Achieve all your goals but leave behind people who feel cheated or hurt? Or achieve all your goals and leave the world where people celebrate you as an individual?

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