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Writer's Block: But enough about you

If it were possible to clone a same-age version of yourself, do you think the two of you would be friends? Do you think you'd enjoy each other's company or find the similar point of view boring?

I don't think we'd be friends.  If we lived together, we'd be in competition for the same things, and because I'd have legal possession of everything, and he'd have nothing, not even a right to the identity he knows.  I'd like to think I'd be kind enough to share, but I can't share everything, particularly my identity.  He'd feel like a possession instead of a person and become resentful.  He'd have good cause to be if he legally were a possession, but I'd hope he'd legally be considered offspring to avoid that ethical problem.  If he lived on his own, we might get along okay, but we'd still compete for some of the same things.  He might be relieved not to be responsible for my finances and obligations, but he'd have to give up his whole life as he knows it to not conflict with mine, and he probably wouldn't be happy about it.

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