I’ve often looked at human physical frailty and weaknesses as another sign that we don’t really know what we’re talking about as far as a divine creation that created us in the perfect image of a creator. We just have too many single points of failure and oddities to our anatomy as a living organism for me to not believe there is definite support for the theories of evolution to explain our build from such a flawed original image. I think how it all got into motion and started as a first spark of life is beyond our understanding, but overall I think we’re a mess that just mutated and evolved into what you see today.
I now have a more personal feeling of frailty to help highlight these thoughts. I just got diagnosed with Bell’s palsy. It’s a sudden and odd thing that will most likely go away in a few months but it does make me feel a little helpless and frustrated. It doesn’t even look like much of a visibly noticable problem to others, but not being able to blink one eye and losing control of one side of my mouth is tiring and troublesome.
Today at work a person said “it kind of makes you wonder ‘why me?’ doesn’t it?” No, it didn’t. I said I know why it happened to me. It’s just a random thing in a random universe. A certain sequence of events that doctors don’t apparently fully understand happened and now I have this facial paralysis that others have had and will have in the future unless doctor’s can figure out a quick cure or correction to this one like they have for many other physical ailments.
The human ability to overcome our environment is the real answer for such problems. I have old friends on Facebook that say they’re praying for me because that’s what they believe and do. We could go down all of the thought processes that if there was a god then he created Bell’s palsy or allows it to happen at least so such a god probably wouldn’t do anything about this. I find it to be such a laugh that some might even think it’s a punishment for me. My life’s been pretty great so far even with this minor medical issue. I don’t feel punished at all.
No, the real answer to any situation like this will be for doctor’s to continue to figure out something better to do about our frail bodies. If we stayed in the dark ages and tried to pray away all of our ills then any number of plagues or other issues would be wiping out humanity today. A simple thing like CPR doesn’t come from a god or a bible. Fortunately we have people that know in their hearts that prayers won’t do anything for us so we have to heal ourselves. It’s just too bad one of these pills they’ve given me hasn’t let me wake up the next day with restored functionality of my face. Oh well, that’s life and a byproduct of our mysterious existence in the universe.
I’ve read that some people when faced with severe medical issues will turn to religion for comfort. I can’t pretend Bell’s palsy is anything more than a minor deal, and it really is compared to anything else that could go wrong, but even with this I don’t understand how religion provides anything more than questions starting with my coworker’s simple “Why me?” Why am I made to suffer? Why won’t my god help me when I ask? Why does this problem even exist? What is the purpose of this?
Thanks, but I already have my answers and it is because I’m Agnostic I know that many things just happen randomly as a part of existence. I know that if there are any higher reasons to any of this then it is beyond our understanding. If you believe in a religion and think everything has a purpose, then look at what this has done for me. It caused me to once again write something critical of what you believe and reenforced my own beliefs enough to share this viewpoint with others. What if it’s all a part of the universe’s plan to prompt me into action to spread the real truth about reality? Religions are human fiction, it’s all beyond our understanding, and you don’t really know. 🙂