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Discussion 2 to Meditation 409
In the eye of this beholder...

by Willem Hart

(Mr Hart's original article is republished with his permission here)

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As the author of an article in the Globe and Mail (September 13, 2005) titled “Miracle in the eye of the beholder” I feel really sorry for the respondent who suggested that, “This is just state-of-the art surgery. There's is nothing in this story that is beyond the normal, other than the demonstration of the triumph of the human spirit in making a career in graphic arts with limited vision.”

First I should state that “miracle” was used here as a rhetorical device to anchor the story. But since I also invoked my upbringing as a Christian, and my attendance at Christian schools, the writer may be excused from making faulty conclusions. What I am sorry about is that he/she misses a dimension of life that is far beyond the mundane acceptance of “current medical care” as routine. The advances in medical science are, to me at least, far from routine. Between the early 70s and today the progress has been, well, quite miraculous.

He/she also misses the nuance and romance of language and expression. The Random House Dictionary of the English Language defines miracle as something “ascribed to a supernatural cause.” But it also suggests that it can be “a wonderful or surpassing example of some quality.” Wonderful and surpassing skill is what I got from my surgeon. Twenty four stitches in a 7mm graft, done under a microscope, is more than current medical care. Submitting to this, or any other operation takes what we popularly know as “faith.” As the writer suggest there is a possibility in his/her case of dying under general anesthesia. It’s not likely to happen. Have a little faith.

I don’t believe that intelligent design should be taught alongside evolution theory. I also don’t believe that evolution theory is entirely scientific. It takes an awful lot of faith to accept all the codswallow it states as fact without proof. What a cold world where everything has to be explainable and the miracle of life is reduced to “state-of-the-art.” Leave a little room for mystery, romance, the unexplained and unexplainable. I agree that this may well have been a “triumph of the human spirit,” but in the eye of this beholder it was also a miracle.

Willem Hart