God’s gift of science
God’s gift of science is for everyone:
it can hugely improve our lives:
relieving the arduous,
aiding surgeries, so we might thrive.
It can also probe wonders and mysteries
Of nature, both minute and vast,
from our awesome billions of brain-cells
to galactic dramatics - long past.
This is intended as a conversation starter and incorporates (at least) the following ideas
Line 1: As a gift from God, science IS for everyone. As with so many aspects of modern life this gift is not equally shared because of greed, lack of human compassion, and lack of a thorough-going desire for justice. However, even ill-served communities often draw on science for, say, limited water supply or electricity produced by generator.
Line 3: Vaccines are encompassed within the expression ‘medicine’, giving this line particular relevance at the time of writing (July 2021).
Line 4: It should not take long for participants to think of the many science and tech products that help in the kitchen and elsewhere around the house – and they are only a starting point!
Line 5: There is going to be an increasing pace of surgeries of one kind or another being performed by Artificial Intelligence/ robots. At minimum, these interventions can be very precisely targeted and avoid the shaking hands of a desperately tired surgeon.
Line 8: ‘Billions of braincells’ is a hugely basic description of the miracle that is our human brain. If a conversation needs more information, a more complex, but still fairly simple description of the brain can be found at https://humanoriginproject.com/functional-areas-of-brain/
Line 9: ‘…long past’ is intended to provoke discussion on two fronts:
First, that however good our telescopes are they can only look at the ancient history of any galaxy. The light from the nearest galaxy takes 25,000 years to reach us (Canis Major dwarf galaxy). Conversely any intelligent beings looking at earth from that galaxy would be seeing an ice age when a mysterious structure of bones from 60 mammoths in Russia might prompt them to make some curious assumptions about earth.
The second purpose of this line is to link back to Line 1, and to place our prehistoric past firmly in the hands of our Creator God.