Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

May 15, 2013

Life moment: Humans limit knowledge

— — It is curious how the limits of life are defined in this day. “From birth to death” and “from cradle to grave” we all want to say. Yet this description fails to fully embrace the full tapestry of the human experience.

Scientific discovery has expanded our understanding of the universe and invisible world of the microbe.

Yet despite our evolving knowledge of this development of a baby in the womb, the popular notion is that each of us enters our mother’s birth canal as a mere blob of tissue and leaves it as a fully formed human being.

If someone would protest I only need to remind them that our laws tend to completely ignore the rights of the child until it has drawn its first breath of the seemingly magical air of this world, as if the air itself has the power to transform the non-existent into the existent.

Unfortunately, the human capacity to purposefully limit its own knowledge so as to rationalize its own desires is virtually unlimited.

Randy Bolton


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