We are a data driven society. Polls are taken regarding virtually any subject and consume far more of the media than the actual events they attempt to predict. Reliable instant communications allows twenty-four hour news to feed us information on scandals far and wide. We are shocked by the collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh or by the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria. We have access to unemployment data, Gross Domestic Product and how each affects Wall Street in real time.
We believe that if we decode all the data in DNA, we could recreate mammoths, or even dinosaurs.
Satellites feed us data to allow us to accurately predict the weather days in advance (except when the surprise severe storm appears.)
Does that make us powerful? I think not.
Knowledge is only powerful when it is used to make a decision and then execute that decision. If we read about a disaster and it causes us (and countless others) to make a donation to an organization that is helping out, that’s powerful. If knowing about a house fire causes us to check our smoke detectors and buy a fire extinguisher that means something.
Merely knowing is inconsequential. Knowing what to do with what you’ve learned is wherein the power lies.
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Tagged Bangladesh, Clothing, DNA, Fire extinguisher, Gross Domestic Product, Smoke detector, Syria, Wall Street
I really, really looked
for an appropriate illustration
but none of them were funny!
I don’t happen to believe in reincarnation, but the concept presents some interesting situations.
If you’re reincarnated, does deja vu feel different?
Could you be charged for 300 years overdue fines on the library book you lost in a previous life?
If you’re married in this life and have an affair with your spouse from a previous life, is it wrong?
If in a previous life you left everything to yourself in a next life, would you have to pay tax on the inheritance?
The worst thing of all?
All through whichever life you’re living, you’d know that when you come back you’d have to eat those awful tasting baby foods and suffer from diaper rash, all over again.
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Tagged Baby food, Buda, Diaper, DNA, Irritant diaper dermatitis, Reincarnation, Religion and Spirituality, Shopping
One of the cases before the Supreme Court is to determine whether a company can patent its ability to identify a couple of genes and their potential for predicting cancer. Big money. Big deal.
Let’s ignore the legal aspects, and focus, for just a minute on the philosophical.
A gene is a tiny, tiny part of DNA.
DNA is a tiny, tiny part of a chromosome
A chromosome is a tiny, tiny part of a cell.
A cell is a tiny, tiny part of an organ.
An organ is only part of a system.
A system is only part of the human body.
The human body is only a part of what we call a person.
If this company claims a unique and beneficial capability because of a gene, imagine just how unique and beneficial a Creator who made all this happen. The genes, the DNA, the chromosomes, the cells, the organs the systems, the human. Then He put everything in the right place on the right planet in the right solar system under just the right circumstances.
Now THAT’s a big deal!
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Tagged Cell (biology), Chromosome, DNA, Gene, God, Human body, Myriad Genetics, Supreme Court, Supreme Court of the United States