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Jan. 16th, 2001 | 01:18 pm
mood: goodgood
music: Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight

My first class this semester went well. I don't think chem will be as bad as I had feared. Not that it will be easy... I will probably actually have to do homework and read the book and stuff this semester... which I should have done last semester, but hey, last semester is done and over with now, and it is time to move forward.

I have playwriting in an hour and a half. I think I am going to finish this journal and then go to Staples and buy pens. Because during the course of first semester, far too many of my pens have disappeared. But that's okay. A few new school supplies always make me feel better. Besides. I need scotch tape to put up my theatre posters on my wall because the sticky tack is really starting to get annoying. It works well except in those instances when the humidity in here is off and it doesn't work.

I'm looking forward to playwriting. I'm a bit nervous because I don't really know if I'm any good at it, but I would imagine that if I work hard I can be. I don't think I'll be the world's next brilliant playwright, but I'm not shooting for that anyway.

Em and I got into a conversation about animal testing somehow... I think we both made each other mad because we have rather opposite views on the subject. She disagrees with any and all animal testing and I disagree with it except in certain circumstances. But that's likely to happen when you take an ultraliberal art major and a pre-med science major. The demogrpahics just work out that someone going into medicine, particularly research medicine, is going to see a need for animal testing some of the time. I don't agree with cosmetic testing on animals... or food testing, or most kinds of chemical testing, even. But there are certain sorts of drug testing that I feel have to be done on animals because it would not be possible to get a large enough group of humans to get results with reasonable margins of error. Plus. There have been a lot of studies that have done mostly in rats, the results of which were used on my mom and they helped save her life. So I can't, in good conscience condemn altogether something that saved her life and how many others.

In addition, I've talked to people who actually use animal testing for biomedical research and what they say is that they actually have to meet a lot of care standards for the animals they are using for testing... many more than people who keep the same animals as pets. And most of the animal testing protestors I've met are in favor of having pets. But none of these arguements are going to make any sense to someone who doesn't believe medical advancement is necessary, or that development of new medical treatments that cause people to live longer is necessarily advancement. And with a basis that different, it is impossible to have a rational arguement. And the thing is, I have respect for her views. I agree that animal testing is cruel. And the position that human lives are more valuable than animal lives is an extremely arrogant position on the part of humans. I, however, accept animal testing as something that is unfortunate, but in some cases necessary because we don't yet have the technology to clone single organs or organ systems to test drugs specifically on that.

I guess I'm frustrated right now because I feel like I can understand her point of view and acknowledge that it is a perfectly valid point of view, but that I disagree with it. I would like her to do the same for mine. Plus she's being a hypocrite. When she's sick she goes to the doctor and gets treatment and I'd bet money that most of the drugs she takes have been tested on animals. But I won't go into that with her. There's no point in causing unnecessary arguements.

I wonder how we got on that subject anyway...

Ah well. The discussion has ended on that note, and if we pick it up later I think I'm just going to say "Em, I will never fully agree with you on this, and you're never going to see my point of view. You have very strong convictions and that's cool and I admire that. But I have mine too, so let's just agree to disagree and drop the subject." Because that is one arguement that won't go anywhere.

I'm not going to have time to go buy pens before class. Ah well... perhaps on my way back from class. At least I don't have my 4.5 hour lab on Thursday. That makes me happy. :-) See? I'm smiling.

My computer is misbehaving. It needs to be restarted. And then I need to leave.

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