Tuesday, October 11, 2011

This could have just happened...

I believe in the afterlife. I don't, however, believe in this version, however have a curious enough of an existentialist view of things to be able to suspend reality long enough to appreciate the humor of this artists rendition of what might have happened.

So, without further ado, take a gander at this one:

Now comes the wonderment I have of the OS and the vast number of implications that consideration brings... But alas, I haven't the time nor the patience to "go there"

Yes, still Karl

Thursday, October 6, 2011

2 Stories of Modern "Miracles"

The first story is about me and the second is in a video.

First Story: I wear contacts, and as I type this, glasses, too. My right eye doesn't focus at all. My left eye is aging and doesn't do very well focusing.

When I was in high school, I found out that I had Keratoconous (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratoconus for an explanation, and to see how my vision was affected, though my pattern was different, see this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUq80t5Ya2o at Youtube). I had transplants in both eyes in my early twenties, then just over 2 decades later, I had a second transplant in my right eye, and a few years after that, had to have a cataract (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cataract if you don't know what it is) implant. The stories about how all that came about isn't important for this story. The point was that after my vision, that had slowly deteriorated over decades, was restored, I felt elation and joy at having a gift restored. I have an abiding love for God for creating the beauty all around me. I love color and the detail in creation.

My story of sight restored is nothing when compared to never having had the gift of sight. I knew what I had lost, but I never really completely lost my sight.

Second Story: Imagine having been born with hearing. Now imagine that the miracle of modern medicine, which is also a gift from God. Imagine having the chance to have your hearing given to you for the first time. 29 year old Sarah Churmann was in that situation. The following video is of her hearing for the first time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsOo3jzkhYA&NR

I know there are the cynics who would say these are not examples of miracles, just manifestations of the superior intelligence man has evolved into. Or the faithless who might see the negative side and state foolishly, "Why would a god, if there is one, allow you both to go through those infirmaties in the first place?"

To either, and any others who can't see these as miracles, and because more of an answer would capitulate the argument to the idiots among us, I say, "Uh, you're dumb!"

Yes, It's now obvious:

I'm Karl