I’m a real sucker for animal videos on YouTube and came across this edited version of an earlier post which I had enjoyed a lot. The new one added a very lovely musical background and several captions. (Cllick “Read More” if the video isn’t visible yet.)
I have to ask about one caption, though, “What is ‘God doesn’t make mistakes’ supposed to mean?” It’s one thing when a little girl says “God didn’t make a mistake when he made me” (the source of the caption). Her parents gave her a way of forestalling those who would look down on her or who would criticize their choice to cherish her.
I understand it is used to celebrate the value of lives affected by genetic anomalies. But, please!! I dare to object because (1) it implies that God directs the creation of every individual life (otherwise the results could hardly be considered by anyone as a mistake made by God) and (2) to be consistent, the same would have to apply to all children born, regardless of degree of malformation. If you have ever been to a human genetics conference and perused the poster session (thousands of posters), you will appreciate that Down Syndrome is relatively speaking, a very mild condition. The quality of life is marvelous in comparison with many infants who survive far more devastating genetic defects (one definition of “defect” being “mistake,” I suppose). In such cases, it is a whole lot harder to buy the idea that there were no errors (mistakes) involved in that individual’s development. Seeing the more extreme cases helps one appreciate that at what point some might decide to terminate is indeed relative and a difficult personal decision. The infants that survive many genetic problems are exceptions in that in the majority of similar cases, “nature (God?) takes its course” and spontaneous, natural abortions occur. Perhaps in recognition that a mistake had occurred?
Yes, the bond between the child and his dog is incredible and very touching. It enriches life to focus on the emotional wealth that humans (and animals) can have that makes life worth living in the face of intellectual challenges and unusual appearances. That certainly does not mean that each embryo is the result of some divine plan (Is it God that prompts people to have sex on any particular occasion?). To suggest that diminished the video for me, needlessly and pointlessly.