Thank You, Miracle Erasers

There is a story in the bible about Jesus curing a deaf guy. Giving him the ability to hear and speak just by touching his ears and tongue. Nowhere is this referred to as a miracle, but at that day in age I do not think anybody would have argued with you. Deaf people did not just start hearing.

I use the past tense because, well:

So does ‘giving a deaf person the ability to hear’ qualify as a miracle? To the dictionary! Miracle: “an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.”

In Jesus’s day, yes, this would have been a miracle. Today though, it is not. Over time we, and by we I mean other humans smarter than me, have learned enough about the human body to do some amazing things. Deaf people can now hear. Paraplegics can walk rather than using wheel chairs. Blind people can see. People in vegetative states can communicate. We can predict what diseases we will likely contract because of our genes—and prevent them, before birth. We are even making progress on ending aging.

Though no longer miracles, we file these events under the heading of incredible and awesome. They are rare, but they are in early stages. There are many reasons why a person could be deaf or blind, and those treatments are not going to fix all of them. But it is only a matter of time before we find solutions for more problems, and the current ones become cheaper and more widespread. Cell phones, radios, and Furbys were rare, awesome, and expensive at one point too. Now they are disposable.

If we can solve problems like deafness and blindness—problems that once seemed so insurmountable it took an act from God to fix them—that seems to give us a great deal of hope for the future. We are erasing things from the list of what is considered a miracle. And there is no list higher than that.

Solving world hunger seems like an unsolvable problem, it would take a miracle to overcome. But oh wait, giving a deaf person the ability to hear would have taken a miracle… a few years ago. What problem cannot be solved with that mentality?

And so I am thankful for the people who worked long and hard to figure all of the aforementioned stuff out. Because not only have they solved many major problems, and given many people a new lease on life, they have reinforced the mindset that anything is possible, no matter how daunting a task it may seem. Even if it seems it would take a miracle.

There are no more miracles, only hard work.

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