But feel for your parents. They worked hard; they did everything they could, but they had no idea how psychology functions. Instead of being taught how to become a mother or how to become a father, they were being taught how to become a Christian, how to become a Marxist, how to become a tailor, how to become a plumber, how to become a philosopher – all these things are good and needed, but the basic thing is missed. If they are going to produce children, then their most significant teaching should be how to become a mother, how to become a father.
It has been taken for granted that by giving birth you know how to become a mother and how to become a father. Yes, as far as giving birth to a child…it is a biological act, you don’t have to be psychologically trained for it. Animals are doing perfectly well, birds are doing perfectly well, trees are doing perfectly well. But giving birth to a child biologically is one thing and to be a mother or to be a father is totally different. It needs great education because you are creating a human being.
Animals are not creating anything, they are simply producing carbon copies. And now science has come to a point where they have discovered that carbon copies can really be produced! It is a very dangerous idea. If we make banks – and sooner or later we are going to make them; once an idea is there it is going to become a reality. And scientifically it is proved that it is a hundred percent possible; there is no problem. We can have banks in the hospitals for both the male sperms and female eggs. And we can find exactly the same two sperms and exactly the same two eggs, so two children are born which are exactly the same. One child will be released into the world; the other will grow in a fridge, unconscious, but he will have all the parts – exactly the same as the other person. And if the other person is in an accident, loses his leg or has some disease, or has to be operated on, or loses a kidney, there is no problem: his carbon copy is waiting in the hospital. From the carbon copy the kidney can be taken out – he is growing exactly at the same rate, he is just unconscious – and it will be exactly the same kidney that has been lost and can be replaced.
So that carbon copy will always be available for replacing any parts – even the brain. You can fall into a coma or you can even have a heart attack. Your brain can remain alive even after a heart attack for at least four minutes – but not more than that. If during these four minutes a brain can be replaced that is exactly the same, a heart that is exactly the same, you will never feel that anything has changed or anything has happened to you. Perhaps you had fallen asleep and now you are awake. You will never know that your brain has been changed, that your heart has been changed.
In a way this idea of having carbon copies seems to be a great advancement in medical science, but it is dangerous – dangerous in the sense that man becomes a machine with replaceable parts, just like any machine. Something goes wrong: you change the part. And if every part can be changed, then man will be falling farther and farther away from spiritual growth, because he will start thinking of himself as just a machine. That’s what half of the world, the communist world, thinks: that man is a machine.