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A scientist has written to me. He works in a scientific lab where artificial human organs are made – hands, legs, liver, heart – all human parts. His confusion is “whether I am going against nature, because the factory-produced heart is not as good as the natural heart. Am I doing something wrong by being in this profession, by creating artificial hands?”
His confusion is absolutely unfounded.
Remember, nature has given you intelligence, and the function of intelligence is to improve upon nature. It is just the beginning.
If your artificial limbs are not so good as the natural ones, don’t be worried: within a few years your artificial limbs will be better than the natural ones, because natural limbs are created by blind biology and your limbs will be created by conscious intelligence. And that conscious intelligence is part of nature, so you are not doing anything against nature.
Yes, those who are preaching celibacy are against nature. Those who are preaching against birth control methods are against nature. Those who are making nuclear bombs are against nature. They are all destructive – your work is creative. If your limbs are not yet superior to natural limbs, make more effort, put in more energy. It is just a question of bringing more intelligence into your work.
And it will be a tremendous blessing to humanity if you can create superior parts for the human body, because when somebody dies of a heart attack – life never dies – only his heart has failed; if it can be replaced, he will be again alive.
You are in the service of life.
Somebody has a fracture: now, rather than joining the fractured bone, which will never be as strong as it was before, it is better to change the whole bone completely for a new, artificial and better bone. We can make bones which cannot have such accidents.
We can make man capable of changing anything that is not functioning well. There is no need for glasses if eyes can be changed. And there will be real beauty – at the age of seventy, having fresh eyes like a child!
There is no need to feel confused. You are to remember only one single criterion: anything in the service of life is in the service of nature; anything against life is against nature. And intelligence is nature’s only hope to improve upon itself....