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Friday, April 27, 2007

Can't believe I haven't spoken about this yet; where has my opinionated mind been?

The Orlando Science Center is running an exhibit of bodies. Real, dead, human bodies. Some stripped of skin, others sectioned off to see the inside, and other gross things. Or so I'm told by people who have gone. I won't. Though you have to look at the billboards of pealed people.

Yech!

I am not particularly squeamish. It isn't the ghoulishness of the exhibit, it's the raw disrespect of it all. Presumably these are the bodies of people who donated their flesh to science. An exhibit of posed, drawn and quartered people doesn't fit that donation concept.

Nor are all the bodies of adults. Some are children of varying ages. What got to me was driving by one of those billboards with the country song "I Think About You" which is about a man who now views women differently because he has an eight-year-old little girl. I wouldn't want my kids, young or as adults, up there, so I don't want these people who once walked around, dreamed of DisneyWorld, and enjoyed the sunshine to be objects of display.

I especially don't want billboards of them.

3 comments:

JOSIAH said...

N A S T Y

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dams said...

well if they dreamed of disneyworld i can understand why they donated thier bodies to science..

alright. poor joke. not a good post to joke about. sorry.

yeah, i don't think it's very God-glorifying. i read about it in world and it took me awhile to figure out.

dawn said...

I guess I'm really weird because I think the exhibit sounds cool. But then I enjoyed frog dissection in middle school bio.

They're bodies. Taken apart to show interested viewers how they work. Why is that gross? If you're excessively squeamish, yeah, I guess. But I don't know that it's disrespectful. If anything I'd think a peek inside the complexities of us would inspire the viewer to a sense of awe about the Creator of this amazing machine. That's the feeling I always took away from life drawing, at any rate, and I think I'd react similarly in this case.

You can look at plaster models, but there's nothing like the real thing to show...well, the real thing.