Anton Chekov, "The Bet"
The State is not God. It has no right to take away that which it cannot give back, if it should so desire.
I. Reasons for the Commandments/Playing God
Rav Soloveitchik, The Lonely Man of Faith
"The brute's existence is an undignified one because it is a helpless one... Man of old who could not fight disease and succumbed in multitudes to yellow fever or any other plague with degrading helplessness could not lay claim to dignity. Only the man who builds hospitals, discovers therapeutic techniques and saves lives is blessed with dignity." (pp.16-17)
III. Justice/Partnering with Hashem in Creation