I never sang for my father

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I never sang for my father

Christian Olson
Period 2
2/10/05

What does it mean to be human? To most people it means being high on the food chain; or
having the ability to make our own choices. People everywhere have a few things in common:
We all must obey Natural laws, and we have preconceived ideas, stereotypes, and double
standards. Being human is simply conveyed as human nature in "The Cold Equations", by Tom
Godwin, where the author shows the common ground that makes each and every one of us
human.

First of all, everyone must obey universal Natural Laws. For example, Death is inevitable.
"b amount of fuel will not power an EDS with a mass of m plus x safely to its
destination…to the laws of nature she was x, the unwanted factor in a cold equation."
(Godwin pg. 21) In "The Cold Equations", An EDS pilot found a stowaway in the closet, and
is forced by natural law to kill her, or be killed himself. The "cold equation" shows that
according to natural laws: x amount of gas could not power the weight of the EDS pilot
plus the weight of the girl. He was so shocked to see a girl that he didn't kill her. She
had created a moral dilemma between "God's Laws" and Natural Laws. Unfortunately a choice
had to be made: on one hand, kill one person and on the other, kill seven." Death is a
natural law and no human in the universe can ever change it.
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